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Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy) Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 18, 2005
Its international reputation seems difficult to justify.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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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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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-
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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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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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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
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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.