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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Looks may not be able to kill, but boredom can sure do the job.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2006
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Talks Sin and Salvation while spending all his creative energies on debasing gags and sneering wide-angle shots

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Somewhere over the course of this trilogy, most of the flavor has gone out.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C

July 13, 2006
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Park Chanwook works his Grand Guignol sense of humor against Korean social conditions to effect a call-and-response logic to the metaphoric and literal things that happen onscreen.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

April 15, 2009
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

The freshness and ingenuity of Oldboy has been replaced with the kind of lazy self-satisfaction that often comes when a unique filmmaker unexpectedly achieves worldwide success and isn't quite sure of how to handle it.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2006
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review in Greek

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Didn't have enough heart for me to find its soft spot.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

December 20, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

June 29, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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... a kinder, gentler exercise in empty virtuosity.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 28, 2006
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...meaningless lunacy...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

I have four words to account for the popularity of Park Chanwook's stylishly inane crime picture: Asian chicks in prison.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 1/4

June 23, 2006
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

With Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Park Chanwook delivers more virtuosic but empty flash.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 30, 2005
George Wu
culturevulture.net

The flashiest, funniest, and most baroque of the "Vengeance Trilogy." It is also the most simpleminded and, despite that, eventually the most muddled.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

September 30, 2005
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

Alternately wonky -- a late plot twist will leave you thinking a couple of the film's reels went missing -- and offensive as only an elegant depiction of brutal violence can be, Lady Vengeance is meretricious nonsense.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2005
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Slick and frequently mesmerising, but ultimately it feels as calculated as the murky, melodramatic denouement.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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This is OldBoy or Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance redux, with the minor twist of a female protagonist, which only makes the movie seem that much more of a cut-rate Kill Bill clone.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 11, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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

June 29, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Exhibits elegant craftsmanship...Unfortunately, the fragmentary narrative style and a distasteful final act leave it another near-miss.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

June 30, 2006
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Park's imagery can be as poetic as it is jolting, but the pacing is slow and meandering.

| Original Score: 2/4

June 30, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 8, 2007
Derek Elley
Variety
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 22, 2006

Time Out
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