I Saw the Devil Reviews

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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.
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.
April 13, 2011
We lucky westerners get to see it in all its hair-raising, stomach-churning glory, and that's a wonderful thing.
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.
March 30, 2011
This isn't an easy film to watch, but it is a compelling, powerful one that is certainly worth seeing.
March 25, 2011
Although the sequences grow somewhat repetitive in spite of their vicious escalation, and some of the details challenge believability, I Saw the Devil is a spectacle of substantial merit.
March 25, 2011
A terrific but uncompromising film that's definitely not for everyone. It's not just that the violence is graphic, but that much of it is so mean-spirited.
March 18, 2011
The guilty must pay ... and pay in I Saw the Devil, an unrelenting Korean shocker.
March 18, 2011
...while [Jee-woon Kim's] film works as cult horror, this stylishly uber-violent battering ram of a movie is thematically stale and sloppy in its details.
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.
March 18, 2011
A South Korean orgy of gore, "I Saw the Devil" features an unstoppable homicidal maniac against an unbeatable secret agent in a game of cat-and-mouse that finally goes on for too long...
March 18, 2011
Although he gives lip service to the futility of revenge, Kim recognizes that the appeal of genre movies, and serial killing, is gruesome repetition.
March 17, 2011
The film is spectacularly bloody and vicious, but it's truly well-made. Kim has a vivacious eye and teems with ideas about how to stage and pace sequences of silent terror, violent horror and dramatic theatricality.
March 17, 2011
Difficult to recommend, yet even harder to look away from.
March 17, 2011
I Saw the Devil is a compelling example of Korean extreme filmmaking - it's engrossing, disturbing, provocative, and well crafted.
March 17, 2011
This cautionary tale about the dangers of staring into the abyss roars so gloppily far over the top that it ultimately deadens the nerves. Which is most likely the point, I realize, but sheesh.
March 16, 2011
A riveting confrontation between dwindling good and limitless evil.
March 15, 2011
After two and a half hours actor Choi's showboat-sicko performance wears a trifle thin.
March 14, 2011
Those who like films such as Saw and its sequels will find this torture-porn to their liking.
March 14, 2011
Even at a potentially mind-numbing 144 minutes it remains taut and engrossing throughout.
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