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Bakjwi (Thirst) Reviews

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Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
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.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 3, 2009
Funny at times, perhaps not purposefully so, it's never truly scary or even thrilling.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 2, 2009
"Thirst" lacks an appropriate atmosphere and tempo to compete with last year's great deconstructionist vampire movie "Let the Right One In."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2009
Too bad the film never quite gets the blood pumping in the viewer, which may be a failure of Park's to define his audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 31, 2009
Thirst is at least a half-hour too long. The story goes off course with pointless distractions and feeds on non-stop grisliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 26, 2010
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
August 14, 2009
Park's welcome streak for dark comedy does overcome the monotony here and there, but when the sun finally comes up we're left with little but scattered particles of something that tried to do something good, but ultimately failed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 31, 2009
Soaked in blood though it is, Thirst leaves some essential cravings unsatisfied.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
July 30, 2009
Overlong by a half-dozen blood spurts and tonally frantic
| Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 3, 2009
One part myth, one part vampire and one part over the top hilarity is a promising combination, but this story doesn't add enough to the overused vampire genre to succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 16, 2009
The movie as a whole-which runs nearly two-and-a-quarter hours-has no sense of rhythm or flow whatsoever.
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.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 31, 2009
Thirst's excesses will entertain some viewers, but if you want coherence, look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
May 15, 2009
An overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspiration.
Armond White
New York Press
July 29, 2009
One can't take Thirst seriously, even with its ironic cha-cha music cues, when Park sets up his usual elaborate sentimental ending -- further variation on his typical self-flagellation and mortification of the flesh.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 24, 2009
Leaves your hope for something not just unusual but tasty unquenched.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 30, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

National Post
September 10, 2009
| Original Score: 2/4
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