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 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 27, 2011
A remorseless catalogue of calculated violence, casual cannibalism and sexual sadism, this inflicts over two hours of suffering on the audience...
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 26, 2011
This gleefully black horror-thriller is a very classy follow-up to The Good, the Bad, the Weird for Kim Jee-Woon.
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.
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
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 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 4, 2011
Although largely programmed on the festival circuit as a horror movie, I Saw the Devil deviates from pure scare tactics with its integration of cops-and-robbers style espionage and thrilling hand-to-hand combat.
March 4, 2011
When it comes to bloody revenge movies, it's difficult to beat the South Koreans.
March 3, 2011
Even at its most chaotic, the film never loses sight of the human toll of the increasingly over-the-top events it portrays.
March 3, 2011
A droll Nietzschean fable that's fully aware of its lapses into absurdity.
March 3, 2011
Kim goes to ever-nastier extremes with I Saw The Devil, but he also extends the revenge theme into a mesmerizing study of the nature of evil itself.
March 3, 2011
Jee-woon starts from a place we have seen before -- somewhere between Saw and Death Wish -- but the journey from there is uniquely his.
March 2, 2011
Somewhere in all the blood (sickening realism is a selling point), a question is posed: When does the one fighting a monster become a monster himself?
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