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Arirang Reviews

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Jennifer Tate
June 6, 2012
Kim Ki-duk's self-made documentary about his three year, guilt induced solitude is incredibly self-absorbed, making it a suffocating and arduous watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
December 21, 2011
Arirang is insufferable, and it's approaching torture to sit through it. Although we do wish Ki-Duk would climb out of his hole and get on with his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 7, 2012
There are intelligent and provocative ideas within Kim Ki-duk's unbearably self-serving docudrama, but the auteur should stick to what he knows best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
April 12, 2012
Perhaps Arirang works best as testimony to how far up the mountain Kim Ki-duk has yet to travel before regaining his former peaks - at least, though, he has finally resumed the ascent.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
June 7, 2012
Vaguely interesting, but mostly painful and confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 3, 2012
A self-indulgent personal-therapy home movie? Or is there something more?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 6, 2012
A cri de coeur, constructed as a fly-on-the-wall doc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
Total Film
May 29, 2012
It's a confessional portrait of the artist as a nutty middle-aged man and a rare insight into a controversial director who's as divisive as the 38th Parallel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
June 8, 2012
It is the most extravagantly self-indulgent piece of pure loopiness imaginable - but gripping as well. A piece of experimentalism at odds with convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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