Parasite (Gisaengchung)

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An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.

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Verified Ratings: 7,272

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Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide "indispensable" luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.

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Critic Reviews for Parasite (Gisaengchung)

All Critics (435) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (429) | Rotten (6)

  • [Bong Joon-ho]'s work is as playful as it is sincere and revelatory. He'll make you feel at home, and then rip the rug out from under you.

    February 12, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Bong delivers a stunning return to form with this newest venture.

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…

    Ben Croll

    TheWrap
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  • An imaginative comedy-thriller with darkness at its core.

    February 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • A film that always has two thoughts in its head at once, a spectacular epic and tightly wound chamber piece, chicly sophisticated, brutal as a hammer.

    February 5, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • If the movie is a Rorschach of who you identify as parasite and host, it's a test you're just as likely to fail; a filmgoing experience that refuses to fit into any box, and forces viewers to breathe the dangerous air outside of it too.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Let's just say that by "Parasite's" conclusion, what started out as a comedy of manners has become a furious snarl of rage and his most arresting social satire yet.

    December 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
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Audience Reviews for Parasite (Gisaengchung)

  • May 19, 2020
    "We all live in the same country... called capitalism."
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Hustling poor Korean family demonstrating that the class divide can never be surmounted. A slow-paced thriller that keeps you on edge, whilst never quite becoming sinister, just powerfully developing the characters' stories to the ultimate conclusion.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2020
    Masterful filmmaking.
    Nastassia J Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2020
    Bong Joon-ho's Parasite might leave you asking who are the real bottom feeders in the black comedy about social structures. There's plenty of food for thought as this picture is deeper than than what it may seem like on the surface.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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