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Bakjwi (Thirst) Reviews

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 16, 2009
There's plenty to get your teeth into - just a shame you've got to wait so long for the main course.
Matt Glasby
Total Film
October 16, 2009
A baroque shocker of sensuous unease and cinematic excess marbled with veins of jet-black comedy, Thirst is far from a perfect film, but it might still prove to be a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Hutchinson
Filmstar Magazine
October 16, 2009
Chan-wook's film is as gluttonous and stylish as I'm a Cyborg, but fortunately Thirst's renewed appetite for bloodlust and self-annihilation suits the director's pyrotechnics better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Roberts
Uncut Magazine [UK]
October 16, 2009
While its most dazzling scenes recall David Cronenberg's The Fly and Schrader's Catpeople, it topples into self-parody in spells, as if John Waters was remaking In The Realm Of The Senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 16, 2009
A fresh spin on the vampire myth resulting in a wildly inventive and blackly comic horror. Pity it's got more padding than the average fat suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
October 16, 2009
Gruesome, disturbing, definitely over-long but strangely moving, Thirst brings vivid new ideas to an overworked genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 16, 2009
Once on course, he is uncontrollable. I don't mean the hero, I mean the director. Park's gallows wit and visual inventiveness keep us alert for an hour amid the ramshackle story structuring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
October 16, 2009
The film is way too long, and quite sick, though Park's demented lyricism will stay with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2009
Unleashing torrents of stylishly shot blood-letting he mocks the anaemic approach to the carnal undercurrents of vampire lore favoured by western cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 15, 2009
An enjoyable, extremely stylish and well acted vampire drama that builds to a terrific finale, though it's also overlong, struggles to find the right tone and drags considerably in the middle section.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Berriman
SFX Magazine
October 12, 2009
The over-long duration makes it a gruelling journey at times, but it's worth sticking to the end, just to see what the hell Park will come up with next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
October 5, 2009
The heart of Thirst may be a vampire film but its soul is a morality play, while its flesh is a sensuous playground of desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
September 10, 2009
It's a production of sensational confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 10, 2009
What the film is saying, so far as I can tell, is that, if cut, you will bleed. And bleed.
| Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 9, 2009
Thirst is a grim antidote to the sanitized, pale young things of Twilight, Supernatural and True Blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 4, 2009
Its fierce style and ripe humor are hard to resist
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 31, 2009
Leave it to Park Chan-Wook to put a stake in any pretty, romanticized notions of the undead in down and dirty, daring and dynamic style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Danny Minton
Fort Bend Sun
August 30, 2009
I found this take on the vampire flick to be an original and entertaining picture that would make for a better date night than any other movie showing right now.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 28, 2009
Beautifully shot and willing to grapple with morality in ways both serious and playful Thirst entertains without moralizing, though it frequently lacks narrative drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 27, 2009
Thirst begins with great intellectual and artistic promise, then devolves into a repetitious mess of teeth, blades, necks, bites, arterial sprays, sex, sex, sex and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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