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I Saw the Devil Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 27, 2011
Another Korean revenge fantasy that negates its moralizing by wallowing in the ghastliness it nominally asserts is unfulfilling and destructive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
March 12, 2011
Horror aficionados may appreciate some of its stagings and detail, but for anyone seeking more than just meaningless blood and guts being spewed there's no reason to give I Saw the Devil a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Geoff Berkshire
March 4, 2011
Look past the surface panache and Devil proves rotten at the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
April 27, 2011
A remorseless catalogue of calculated violence, casual cannibalism and sexual sadism, this inflicts over two hours of suffering on the audience...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 14, 2011
Senseless and inane sicko revenge pic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 1, 2011
Never good with nuance, Kim is a beast with disarming imagery (like the severed head that turns face-up in a river current) but has few resonating ideas, leaving the domino-tumble of brutality to become its own tiresome spectacle.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 17, 2011
As revenge fantasy, "I Saw the Devil'' is clever. As comedy, it's sick. As moviegoing, it's tedious...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 23, 2012
In filmmaker Kim Jee-woon's latest offering, the generous runtime begins with narrative promise but soon settles for near-ridiculous plot twists in order set up the next sadistic rape, murder, torture or terror most foul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
March 3, 2011
It would be a lot easier to enjoy or even be fascinated by South Korean director Kim Ji-woon's I Saw the Devil, if it didn't feel like he was basking in the extended length of the film's numerous torture and murder scenes
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elizabeth Kerr
Hollywood Reporter
October 12, 2010
On any number of levels, Devil is troublesome at best, offensive at worst.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 23, 2011
'I Saw the Devil' is like its characters in that overkill hits you over the head too much.
Adam Nayman
March 17, 2011
Though compelling as a kind of live-action Road Runner cartoon where the coyote really deserves his comeuppance, I Saw the Devil is finally and literally too bludgeoning for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 5, 2010
A potentially exasperating conceit [is] rendered all the more so by the execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
March 18, 2011
It turns out both sadism and close-ups of spurting head wounds are subject to the law of diminishing returns.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
March 18, 2011
Director Kim Jee-woon is a born filmmaker, even if this script (written by Park Hoon Jung and adapted by Kim) is unworthy of his efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2011
After a while, the sheer length and repetitiousness of the film begins to feel pornographic in the dullest sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
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
March 18, 2011
A film that on the surface seems like a bloodthirsty genre exercise, is really a powerful contemplation of our own malleable morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.9/10
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