Memories of Murder - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Memories of Murder Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 27, 2013
Superb police procedural film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
Joon-ho Bong lets viewers fall into the cops' frustrations, but these detectives are dogged, not downtrodden. "Memories" shows their lives, however tortured, outside the case - like "Heat" without antagonistic rivalries or a more political "Zodiac."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Louis Proyect
March 26, 2010
A much better movie than the more recent and more heralded "Mother", another movie about a killer.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
It plays as quite a refreshing take on this style, and, except for the heavy handed ending, proves to be an enjoyable and provocative flick, definitely worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 15, 2006
Almost single-handedly resuscitates the moribund serial killer genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 11, 2006
Utiliza seu mistério (real) envolvendo o primeiro serial killer sul-coreano para fazer um forte comentário político e, no processo, cria uma narrativa tensa (mas também divertida) povoada de personagens tragicamente ineptos.
| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
September 8, 2005
...merits mention alongside Silence of the Lambs and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...offers an incisive analysis of the culture that produced the crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Scott Weinberg
August 16, 2005
Low-key, unassuming, and crafty in the way it slowly gets under your skin, Memories of Murder is a sly and smart thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 29, 2005
What's singular in all this is the director's angle into the material, which is subtle, difficult to pin down, elusive.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 28, 2005
An involving and skillfully mounted film from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho that's based on a true story.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 21, 2005
Bong not only has an eye for beauty there are some gorgeous shots of the country's farmland but for the absurd.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 21, 2005
Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.
George Wu
July 21, 2005
A great opening and...a visceral, heartbreaking ending
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 15, 2005
The foregone conclusion only adds an extra layer of fatalism to this tale of ineffectual authority and abusive power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 15, 2005
Memories of Murder is such a taut, effective thriller it's a shame you have to read subtitles to gauge just how good a movie it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Null
July 11, 2005
straightforward, with minimal flourish
| Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 23, 2005
Suspenseful, surprising, and psychologically rich.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Derek Elley
June 23, 2005
Establishes Bong as a helmer with a distinct vision of his own, supported by a strong cast that's totally at one with the material.
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John Anderson
June 23, 2005
An almost perversely conceived hybrid -- noirish thriller, social satire and virtual Korean Keystone Komedy with a dash of political attitude.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 21, 2005
The film's storytelling strategy is unique and its point-of-view mutable and disarmingly subjective.
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