I Saw the Devil Reviews

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October 12, 2020
It's anchored by two fantastic performances. Seeing these two men go head-to-head psychologically and physically is enthralling.
April 13, 2020
"I Saw the Devil" is a masterpiece in all aspects, featuring sublime direction and script-writing, elaborate cinematography and editing, and one of the most shocking endings ever to appear on film.
April 2, 2020
I Saw The Devil is the poster film for the phrase "not for the faint of heart." This movie takes viewers to places many will not want to go. But once taking us there, it builds an intellectually honest case that vengeance is really not for us.
May 15, 2018
A solid revenge thriller that abandons any pretense of satisfaction and keeps piling on the tragedy.
February 6, 2018
Worth the price of admission for the wildly creative (and brutally bloody) taxicab scene alone. Merciless, uncompromising, and unforgettable.
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.
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.
June 22, 2013
It's a terrible time at the movies, and for that it is truly quite great. But you've been warned.
January 13, 2013
A thriller that makes you wish you knew how to scream "O.M.G." in Korean.
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.
December 1, 2011
...a gritty, brutal, and consistently uncompromising thriller that does, for the most part, feel like South Korea's answer to Se7en.
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.
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.
April 29, 2011
Possibly the most violent film ever, I Saw The Devil makes Hostel look like a teddy bears' picnic.
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.
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.
April 27, 2011
Violent, visceral and vengeful: a catalogue of torture with frustratingly little else to maintain the interest.
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.
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.
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.
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