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Memories of Murder Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 11, 2005
straightforward, with minimal flourish
| Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 9, 2005
The script is as sloppy as Song (Kang-ho)'s unkempt cop, sprinkled with intriguing ideas and imaginative details that, like the investigation, simply get lost in blind alleys.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Clark
Slant Magazine
June 17, 2005
For a film about women getting brutally attacked and dispatched, the movie has no sense of urgency or underlying dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 6, 2004
Uneven movie has tonal problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
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
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
July 30, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 15, 2006
Almost single-handedly resuscitates the moribund serial killer genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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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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
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
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
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
September 16, 2003
Memories of Murder offers a ruminative and affecting approach to a genre not known for its emotional content.
Full Review | Original Score: 59/100
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 4, 2003
Bong Joon-ho does an exemplary job balancing a mystery with both humorous and dramatic elements.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 10, 2003
Fledgling director Bong Joon-ho received the best new director award at the San Sebastian Film Festival and he shows a deft, talented hand at the helm.
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 27, 2013
Superb police procedural film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2005
What's most remarkable about it is the way Bong builds real suspense and plays the chilling moments straight while leaving himself room for nonsense and horseplay.
Full Review | 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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John Anderson
Newsday
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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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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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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