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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 13, 2006
Somewhere over the course of this trilogy, most of the flavor has gone out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 8, 2006
This edge pushes Lady Vengeance into the trilogy's top spot and points to a bright future for Park.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 8, 2006
... Lee Yeong-ae is simply riveting in one of the most exciting female performances of the year thus far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 7, 2006
Delivers more than the filmmaker ever has before....richer themes and more skillful audience involvement.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 1, 2006
It doesn't help that Lee's performance is pretty one-note. She doesn't seem too interested in exploring her character's human side, despite opportunities provided by Park.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 30, 2006
The concluding chapter of the "Revenge Trilogy," this is the most visually stunning and, in moments, lyrically hypnotic of the trio of films, linked by the common theme of vengeance and its tragic effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 30, 2006
Park is a crazily confident filmmaker who crafts gorgeous images and whose transitions between scenes are breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 30, 2006
Squanders plot impetus, and even with constant crosscutting it's lethargically paced, slogging through soap-operatic back stories and maddening irrelevancies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 30, 2006
Park's imagery can be as poetic as it is jolting, but the pacing is slow and meandering.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 30, 2006
Exhibits elegant craftsmanship...Unfortunately, the fragmentary narrative style and a distasteful final act leave it another near-miss.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 30, 2006
Not for the feint of heart, but if you like watching revenge served cold (with cake), this is worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 29, 2006
The films strain to present some kind of moral compass, a philosophy of revenge's human toll. But in the end, their sadistic glee in creative bloodshed trumps all.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 29, 2006
Because I am a connoisseur of art cinema, my feelings about Lady Vengeance are complex. Some parts I liked; some parts I didn't.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 24, 2006
An exhilarating ride due in no small part to a complex storyline, director Park's visual flair for telling it, and Lee's all-encompassing performance as the vengeful Geum-Ja.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Pound-of-flesh cinema, you might say.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 23, 2006
Apart from Park's impressive but ultimately hollow style (his images are impeccably composed and visually inventive), Lady Vengeance is still an exercise in wretched excess (though less extreme than its predecessors).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
June 23, 2006
Powered by a glowering performance by actress Lee Young Ae, it is a walloping tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 23, 2006
Park is a visual virtuoso, with imaginative transitions and clever use of special effects wrapped around a sly, effective performance from Lee at the center of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 23, 2006
I have four words to account for the popularity of Park Chanwook's stylishly inane crime picture: Asian chicks in prison.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 21, 2006
... leaves the comic-book super-villain melodrama and operatic excess of Old Boy for a conflicted story of righteous vengeance at any cost.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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