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Telmisseomding (Tell Me Something) (1999)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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This film opens with a young man arriving at an apartment and ending up on a concrete slab getting slowly dismembered with a scalpel by an unseen killer. That unfortunate soul, along with a number of other hapless victims, turns up in a bunch of plastic garbage bags littered around Seoul during Korea's steamy, rainy season. Burnt-out cop Jo (Han Suk-Kyu) is assigned to head up the investigation. The killer, who puts the limbs of a body with the corpse of another, clearly must have a basic grasp

Jun 18, 2002

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A complicated and stylish Korean thriller that will make viewers' skin crawl.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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For all its style and assurance, Tell Me Something is not ultimately original enough to sustain its many horrific images, however brief they may be.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Mainly demonstrates that Asian filmmakers are just as adept as Americans at producing genre exercises.

October 3, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Stylish, sullen, and a little predictable, Tell Me Something is the match of any American film in its quasi-genre.

September 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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So bedeviled by plot holes and violations of common sense that by the time you get to the climax, you've ceased to buy the whole story line.

September 14, 2001
New York Post
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Though it comes from halfway across the world, the movie, directed by Chang Youn-hyun, shows a desultory mastery of Hollywood clichés.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A stylish serial killer film, there nonetheless was too much talk and not enough madness.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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The Grand Guignol effects seemed more grim than convincing.

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has strong characters and a gruesomely intriguing plot but doesn't wrap up its central mystery convincingly.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

Has a lot to show but little to say.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

How can filmmakers from other countries make basically the same films we're making here but make them better?

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A thoroughly predictable and irritatingly mechanical movie that nonetheless works exceptionally well within the parameters of its genre.

November 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Stylish, but definitely not for the squeamish.

November 8, 2001
New Times

A thriller-chiller that is as shamelessly predictable as it is memorably grim.

September 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

While the ending might not come as a huge surprise, the journey makes for a grisly, dark bit of entertainment.

September 14, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What it definitely lacks is any real human element which would make us care about the victims, Cho or Su-yeon.

August 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Telmisseomding (Tell Me Something)

Grisly Korean serial killer thriller. It's a little bit overlong, has a few plot holes and the twist ending isn't quite as surprising as it tried to be. Still a solid effort, it was certainly twisted and gruesome enough for me. If you enjoy disturbing thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en then give this a look.
April 13, 2011
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This film heavily relies on shockability, blood and gore, without it the investigations would not have been as interesting and this film would not be popular, having said that, the blood and gore were at least something 'new' and is definitely not for the squeemish.
July 13, 2008
76Majikat

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An all round good attempt at a serial killer thriller. It just can't stand up against the heavyweights in the category and results in a a bit of a mess. There's too much dialogue being spoken and not a lot of it relates to the actual murders. The film then becomes more and more complex and feels as though it is trying to confuse its audience in an attempt to seem like something more. While watching it becomes such a chore piecing it all together your brain starts to hurt. It has moments of style and moments of suspense but with 5 different writers the pacing and overall story is a jumble.
April 3, 2008
kiriyamakazou

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With a multiple vehicle pile-up, a relish for grisly detail and a soundtrack reliant on cherry-picked, westernised popular music, this slick, South Korean serial-killer flick tries so hard to emulate similar Hollywood fare that it becomes every bit as tedious, flavourless and forgettable as that which it is copying. The only difference, really, is that an equivalent Hollywood thriller would condescendingly hammer home the explanations, whereas "Tell Me Something" makes very few concessions to being understood at all. Alternately smart and silly, there's nothing here that hasn't been done better elsewhere.
February 23, 2008
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