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Bakjwi (Thirst) Reviews

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Amy Taubin
June 1, 2015
My affection for Thirst has mostly to do with the performance of Kim Ok-vin as Tae-ju, a sullen household slave who's transformed into a ravenous, punishing bloodsucker.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011
Kiddie shows like Twilight and Blood: The Last Vampire pale (you'll excuse the expression) in comparison.
Nick Rogers
October 31, 2010
Boldly erotic and playfully ponderous about sins of the flesh, "Thirst" rips open its bodice, and various veins, with arterial sprays of carnage and carnality. It's a savage, frank, fanged fusion of "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
Perhaps no auteur is as suited to the vampire genre as South Korean director Park Chan-wook, a man who has made a career out of films full of sexual perversity, doomed romances and a seemingly insurmountable volume of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Hopchet
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
The degrees of shock, the foreshadowing and throwbacks throughout (both visual and in dialogue) all seem diminutive next to the amazing performances by the male and female lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 26, 2010
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Louis Proyect
January 1, 2010
A splendid grand guignol that thankfully avoids the Hallmark Card sensibility of the Twilight series.
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
Begins as a film about a crisis of faith and ends up with a crisis of identity itself.
Simon Weaving
December 11, 2009
The story of a noble priest resurrected as a vampire and plunged into a life of desire is opulently brought to the screen by one of South Korea's leading filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Lippe
November 17, 2009
Something must have bored writer/director Chan-wook Park, because the second and third acts of Thirst play like scenes out of a totally different and much more incoherent film.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 4, 2009
What sets Park's film apart from the standard vampire picture has more to do with its tone, characterizations, and its strange blend of lyricism and pitch-black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 29, 2009
Just when you thought you'd seen everything that could possibly be done with vampires, along comes something like Thirst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 20, 2009
A truly bizarre movie, a tragicomedy that Graham Greene might have written in collaboration with Bram Stoker. But it's repetitive and overstays its initial welcome.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 20, 2009
Park is clearly an exceptional director capable of being weirdly funny, quirkily fantastical, brutal and sexy, sometimes at one and the same time. There's no one quite like him.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 20, 2009
Park directs with his usual eye-catching skill and attention to gruesome detail, and creates a story with strong emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
October 16, 2009
A rollicking, hysterical splatter-sex-comedy only confirms 'Thirst' as one of the year's more extreme, enjoyable entertainments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
October 16, 2009
With its rapacious appetites and forceful directing style, is definitely a vampire film for grown-ups.
Peter Bradshaw
October 16, 2009
Not one of Park's best films, but it has bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 16, 2009
This fervid extravaganza is easily Park's best film since Oldboy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
October 16, 2009
Red blood and black humour spurt hard as Thirst reveals itself to be one of the most deliciously skewed incisions into the vampire romance subgenre.
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