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Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy) Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 9, 2005
Realism isn't the focal point of Bad Guy-misogynistic male power fantasies masquerading as dark, dreamlike treatises on fate and love are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 18, 2005
Kim Ki-duk does a bizarre riff on the twisted macho ethos of abusing women until they learn to love you.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 24, 2005
As a case study of one disturbed woman it might be interesting; presented as some sort of deathless love story, it's merely distasteful.
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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.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 20, 2005
Almost entirely garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Jesse Paddock
June 22, 2005
The plotting keeps getting away from Kim as the story progresses.
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Ned Martel
New York Times
February 17, 2005
Mostly distressing and occasionally compelling, as Sun-hwa, the young student, becomes ensnared in a prostitution ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 9, 2005
Will leave audiences puzzled and then cold.
Hollywood Bitchslap
October 7, 2003
It's now 24 hours since I saw the film and I'm still trying to figure out what just happened, why it happened and whether or not its happening should be considered a good thing or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 18, 2005
Becomes more and more confused, unpleasant and preposterous.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 18, 2005
Its international reputation seems difficult to justify.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 24, 2005
Certainly offbeat, but not on a level with director Kim's previous work about marginalized people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 23, 2005
Really, who needs a bad guy who's this guilty about being bad?
Read More | Original Score: C-
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 30, 2005
So vilely misogynistic does the film appear at first glance that it's no surprise it hasn't been previously released here...
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 20, 2005
I was confused and discomfited by Bad Guy , but I loved it too.
Full ReviewRead More | 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.
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