Memories of Murder - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Memories of Murder Reviews

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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.
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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
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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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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 10, 2005
Achieves an unlikely but ultimately successful blend of blunt-force comedy and desperate investigation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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