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Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy) Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
It's impossible to recommend this film to a general audience, but I would think that the bleery-eyed viewers like me who populate the fest at times like this would eat a film like this up.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
April 25, 2007
After the experience of this down and dirty South Korean psychological thriller, park benches may never quite seem the same.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 24, 2006
Uma história de amor absolutamente atípica que, depois de provocar uma estranheza inicial, acaba levando o espectador a mergulhar em sua lógica particular.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2006
Kim Ki-duk nous offre qu'un simple exercice de style se concentrant uniquement sur sa prémisse de départ sans se soucier des éléments extérieurs au récit.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 20, 2005
I was confused and discomfited by Bad Guy , but I loved it too.
Full Review| Original Score: A
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 29, 2005
Bad Guy's riddles are so hauntingly strange and its plot so artfully ambiguous that you just might find the film's grip harder to shake than Han-gi's unnerving silence.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
April 18, 2005
It's difficult to watch and even more difficult to understand, but the intriguing material is generally well-crafted.
| Original Score: 3/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2005
The film is filled with lovely images (Kim studied painting in France), and ultimately becomes, against all expectations, quite moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 18, 2005
Uncompromising, unpleasant and emotionally brutal, this twisted love story of emotional bondage is oddly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Fox
TV Guide
February 18, 2005
Beautifully shot and lushly scored, this may be one of the least P.C. love stories ever filmed. But it's one of the most deeply felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Derek Elley
February 17, 2005
Though it goes on exactly a reel too long, Bad Guy reps the most emotionally satisfying pic to date by Korean iconoclast Kim Ki-duk.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
February 15, 2005
Bad Guy, one of the seven films in Kim's fascinating back catalog, is another kind of cocktail -- simple, bitter, served straight and in an unwashed glass.
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
February 14, 2005
Desire, violence, revenge, and obsession play out against a map of sex and love.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark Stevens
October 7, 2003
Although the set-up strains the audience's disbelief, the mournful style -- complete with a downbeat soundtrack reminiscent of triphop crooners Portishead -- and meandering pace give this tale an unusual, near surreal, edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2010
The audience is subjected to a series of emotional contortions, encouraged to experience them like a voyeur, and then scolded for doing so.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 12, 2006
It's all distressing, superficial and caveman-like in its amour fou.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jesse Paddock
June 22, 2005
The plotting keeps getting away from Kim as the story progresses.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 15, 2005
His fascination with allegory and symbols is evident here, too, but his narrative strays too far from the dreamlike towards the just plain dumbfounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 15, 2005
Bad Guy's greatest fault is that it is a listless exercise, that goes nowhere except further into the mire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
March 31, 2005
One can't get out of the theater fast enough.
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