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I Saw the Devil Reviews

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David Keyes
April 20, 2015
As a living and breathing piece of cinema, it inhabits its beast in a manner that is arresting on the mind, and almost cringe-inducing to the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Thanks to the strong directing we get a handful of really fantastic scenes and a number of thrills, which make this a wholly enjoyable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
It's a terrible time at the movies, and for that it is truly quite great. But you've been warned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 13, 2013
A thriller that makes you wish you knew how to scream "O.M.G." in Korean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
A revenge flick that's just about as uncompromising as anything I've seen come out of Asia in the last decade or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2012
Worth the price of admission for the wildly creative (and brutally bloody) taxicab scene alone. Merciless, uncompromising, and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 1, 2011
...a gritty, brutal, and consistently uncompromising thriller that does, for the most part, feel like South Korea's answer to Se7en.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 29, 2011
This film features a spectacular performance by Choi Min-sik as Kyung-chul, one of the most scary and evil villains ever seen in any film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Orndorf
May 24, 2011
Casts quite a spell. Even if the whole endeavor limps to a close, there's enough vivid imagery and teary passion within to fuel several movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 29, 2011
Possibly the most violent film ever, I Saw The Devil makes Hostel look like a teddy bears' picnic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phelim O'Neill
April 28, 2011
There's no shortage of Korean revenge-thrillers, but this, along with the recent The Man from Nowhere, proves there is plenty of life left in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
April 28, 2011
Although director Kim Ji-woon's inventive twist on the vigilante shocker is relentlessly bloodthirsty, it never loses sight of the human fallout from violent crime, deftly weaving Lee's eye-for-an-eye actions with moments of genuine emotional grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Alcock
April 27, 2011
Violent, visceral and vengeful: a catalogue of torture with frustratingly little else to maintain the interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
April 27, 2011
There is no denying that Kim Jee-woon is a phenomenal director, wrenching visceral thrills, dark humour and even occasionally an element of surprise, from all his stock set-pieces.
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
April 27, 2011
Ji-woon handles difficult set pieces and violence well, managing not to appear over-indulgent despite the film's obvious roots in exploitation cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine
April 26, 2011
This gleefully black horror-thriller is a very classy follow-up to The Good, the Bad, the Weird for Kim Jee-Woon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
April 21, 2011
Half engrossing, half just gross, Kim's revenge epic is all form over content. The style dazzles, but just think what he could do with a decent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 15, 2011
This is the stuff of nightmares, where even the good guy is bad, and as shock cinema goes, it packs a punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 13, 2011
We lucky westerners get to see it in all its hair-raising, stomach-churning glory, and that's a wonderful thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 4, 2011
The movie does something no slasher, torture porno, bad cop picture or revenge movie should be at all able to do in 2011: it keeps us guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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