I Saw the Devil Reviews

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.
December 14, 2011
Senseless and inane sicko revenge pic.
April 27, 2011
A remorseless catalogue of calculated violence, casual cannibalism and sexual sadism, this inflicts over two hours of suffering on the audience...
March 18, 2011
After a while, the sheer length and repetitiousness of the film begins to feel pornographic in the dullest sense.
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.
March 18, 2011
It turns out both sadism and close-ups of spurting head wounds are subject to the law of diminishing returns.
March 17, 2011
As revenge fantasy, "I Saw the Devil'' is clever. As comedy, it's sick. As moviegoing, it's tedious...
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.
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.
March 4, 2011
Look past the surface panache and Devil proves rotten at the core.
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
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.
February 27, 2011
Another Korean revenge fantasy that negates its moralizing by wallowing in the ghastliness it nominally asserts is unfulfilling and destructive.
February 23, 2011
'I Saw the Devil' is like its characters in that overkill hits you over the head too much.
October 12, 2010
On any number of levels, Devil is troublesome at best, offensive at worst.
October 5, 2010
A potentially exasperating conceit [is] rendered all the more so by the execution.