A Tale of Two Sisters Reviews

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Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The atmosphere of mounting dread is matched by just-right performances, design and camerawork.
January 17, 2006
This is a carefully structured film about grief and guilt, as well as horror. They don't resolve every disturbing moment or confusing element: they leave some questions hauntingly unanswered.
September 26, 2005
The film feels haunted by the relationship between Im and Moon, who cling to each other in the face of a hostile hostess, even though that may not be their best option.
March 13, 2005
There's more rank dread and inscrutable mystery in any one scene of this South Korean psychological thriller than in all the American horror films of the past 10 years.
February 25, 2005
There's a reason why Hollywood has been so busy in recent years remaking Asian horror movies. Scare for scare, they're generally better.
January 30, 2005
It may not be a pretty picture, but A Tale of Two Sisters is definitely a satisfying piece of less-is-more cinematic horror.
January 28, 2005
The gorgeous slow-moving cinematography by Lee Mogae is remarkable.
January 7, 2005
The film seems unnecessarily vague on a rational level, but it's spot-on as a psychological study of a twinlike sibling relationship, and the ways in which memory can suppress trauma and soothe a mourning soul.
January 7, 2005
Ji-woon Kim may be the Korean David Lynch and his juxtaposition of seemingly innocent and suddenly searing situations is marvelously unnerving, as are the constantly shifting personalities of most of his characters.
January 7, 2005
There's no denying the eye for hypnotic imagery employed by writer-director Ji-woon Kim and cinematographer Mo-gae Lee.
December 27, 2004
We aren't meant to understand the story fully until the film's closing minutes, so the shocks and suggestions come in a muddled context.
December 17, 2004
Precise direction that goes more for slow chills than quick frights, and a script with some startling twists, makes A Tale of Two Sisters a classy entry in the East Asian psycho-horror stakes.
December 17, 2004
[Kim] creates stunning images ripe with meaning.
December 17, 2004
Murky and pretty near incomprehensible.
December 16, 2004
A somber reflection on memory, adolescence and mourning.
December 16, 2004
A tour de force of psychological horror at its creepiest.
December 14, 2004
As a ripe, almost Victorian-tinged contemplation of desperate sisterly devotion, it can be harrowing.
December 9, 2004
Although A Tale of Two Sisters has some excellent suspense sequences, it falters badly during the dramatic parts.
December 9, 2004
It's a stunningly creepy specimen of Asian horror.
December 3, 2004
Plays like a gorgeous painting hanging in a gloomy gallery -- you stand in front of one corner, mesmerized by turquoise wallpaper or a burgundy rug, then a fleeting movement in another corner draws you over.
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