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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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 give the Kims a way out of their shabby circumstances. But this new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kims' newfound comfort.


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  • The inspired Parasite can't precisely be labelled a comedy, a thriller, nor a socially conscious drama about the class divide in South Korea, although it contains elements of all three.

    Jun 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You expect the whole enterprise to come crashing down around his ears, but this is a film-maker in total control of his craft.

    May 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • The social commentary is almost as powerful as the plot itself.

    May 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Emma Jones
    Top Critic
  • Shifts tonal gears in total service of its class politics, infecting the film's breezy dark-comedy with notes of rage and melancholy.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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  • As an escalating freak show of tension, surprise and class rage, "Parasite" would make a terrific double bill with Jordan Peele's "Us," which it matches and perhaps even surpasses in pact.

    May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The impotent rage he feels about that spills into every frame of this incredible film, and leaves us all a little richer as a result.

    May 22, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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