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Masquerade Reviews

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November 30, 2012
a somewhat sentimental tale of royal intrigue and romance; a crash course on the claustrophobic, often bizarre details of courtly life; and a showcase for the acting talents of Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun, in dual roles.
October 20, 2012
Director Choo Chang-min delivers a familiar tale with elegant skill and assurance. He proves that if you have a good story, there's no need to gild the lily.
September 20, 2012
As predictable as these stories invariably are, Lee's wonderful turn reignites the potent fantasy of peasant wisdom - if given the power - melting politically cynical hearts and legislating through decency rather than fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2013
There are plenty of antecedents for the story, like "The Prince and the Pauper" and "Dave." But what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in Lee's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 6, 2013
Following in the long tradition of lavish Asian epics, this new South Korean entry is a beautiful addition to the genre of period prince-and-the pauper themed films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 28, 2012
Lavishly entertaining Korean period spectacle works on every level from an ancient but still effective source.
March 15, 2013
Competently directed, the real pleasure in this high-grossing South Korean film lies in its performances, which lighten the regal solemnity with comic warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 14, 2013
As entertainment, it's a decidedly unstuffy costume drama that's compelling to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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