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Pulpy, bloody and violent, this Korean shock-fest is blackly comedic but disappointing overall. Read critic reviews

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A professor tries to seduce a student, who runs away, then is murdered by a gang.

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Critic Reviews for A Bloody Aria

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (14)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Still, Won pulls off a rare trick: to be funny and frightening while continuing to ratch the tension up and up. Performances, too, are top notch.

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's slow, bloody and pretty much devoid of merit.

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Time should surely now be called on the vogue in Korean cinema for black-comic ultraviolence.

    October 24, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Director Won Shin-yun infuses the moralisms with a pulpy energy that recalls cheery shockers such as Hostel and Saw, while also indulging in Three Stooges-style bumpkin-knockabout humour.

    October 24, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Won's critique of the abuse of power in South Korean society lacks trenchancy, but he subverts convention with an incisiveness lacking in much transatlantic horror.

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Bloody Aria

  • Sep 02, 2014
    A silly insult to Korean cinema.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2011
    A story that gets a bit better the further along it goes. some nice touches also. but also does drag a bit. a bit of a confusion at times but worth a watch
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2008
    Really good dark comedy/thriller. It's mostly carried by the characters' dialogue, so if you're looking for 'action' then skip to the last 20-30 minutes or so of the movie cause you're going to be very bored with it. What I liked about the movie was how the characters were written so they would each have their own personality and quirks and it makes for some very funny scenes at times. It was also nicely shot as I enjoyed the camerawork. The last 15-20 minutes of the film are pretty disturbing as you see how the abuse just reaches a whole new level, so it made for some very interesting moments. I'd recommend it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2008
    Intense film about bullies, psychos and all around not nice guys. A bit confusing, especially the ending, but very compelling. Also, I've begun to notice I'm giving everything I like 4 stars. I used to give 5 stars out like they were fliers, but now I'm addicted to 4 stars as a grow older. I think I'm a 4 star maniac.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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