It's all a little ultra-cool for me. Shakespeare was right. Revenge is a dish best served ice-cold, not cool.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
vainly attempts to imbue foulness with socio-political subtext
| Original Score: 2/5
There is so much talent on display in Park Chanwook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, it is a drag that the film never rises to the level of its director's obvious ability.
Even more brutal than Oldboy, but sadly less focused and with less intrigue
A disappointing, dull, and often tedious examination of different people seeking different forms of revenge...
Slightly more enjoyable than getting a kidney transplant.
| Original Score: C
Somehow you'd be more won over by his anti-revenge case if he didn't seem to be having such a good time making it.
The movie begins as a tragic tale of sacrifice and love... intense and understandably moving. It gets a little less interesting when it turns into a gore-fest.
| Original Score: 3/5
Park's worldview is grotty to such extremes that it becomes hard to recommend [this] in good conscience, no matter how virtuosic the delivery.
A daisy wheel of revenge-fueled gore speciously intercut with delusions of social commentary.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Slowly degenerates into a gory revenge thriller that is never thrilling, but is often boring and frequently repulsive.
Poorly edited, though not as much gore as some say.
| Original Score: C+
There's no flow or rhythm, and sometimes it feels like scenes are missing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Two hours that didn't entertain much, thrill much or do much of anything...much.
| Original Score: 4/10
The end result is a forgettable movie, notable only for its copious gore and bloodletting.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is so badly told that it ends up dissecting a corruption that exudes from nowhere but itself.
| Original Score: D
Sporting one of the greatest titles ever, Park Chan-wook's 2002 thriller is similar to Oldboy in its subject matter but far plainer in its execution.
This ultra-violent revenge thriller is far more notable for its baroque excesses than coherence or credibility.
So bloody, scatologically violent and consistently shocking, it seems to have no larger purpose than itself -- which is pretty grim.
| Original Score: 1/4
Promises to be a stylish, resonant plunge into the dark waters of despair and revenge but ends up amusing itself with ostentatious shocks.
| Original Score: 2/4