Bakjwi (Thirst) Reviews

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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.
November 6, 2009
This big screen guzzler has much to advise about the art of vampiring, including more efficient corpse feasting by cutting the feet of your human dispensers off at the ankles and draining them over the bathtub.
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.
October 29, 2009
Just when you thought you'd seen everything that could possibly be done with vampires, along comes something like Thirst.
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.
October 20, 2009
Park directs with his usual eye-catching skill and attention to gruesome detail, and creates a story with strong emotional resonance.
October 16, 2009
This fervid extravaganza is easily Park's best film since Oldboy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 16, 2009
Gruesome, disturbing, definitely over-long but strangely moving, Thirst brings vivid new ideas to an overworked genre.
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.
October 16, 2009
The film is way too long, and quite sick, though Park's demented lyricism will stay with you.
October 16, 2009
As intelligent as it is blackly humorous, visually elegant, full-bloodedly erotic and a good half-hour too long.
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.
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.
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.
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