Parasite (Gisaengchung) Reviews

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February 17, 2021
Parasite is a master class in storytelling, providing one of the finest examples of how to entertain the masses while still telling a deep and meaningful story.
February 2, 2021
I'll just come out and say it. Parasite is a masterpiece.
December 31, 2020
The film feels too insincere and hypocritical to take genuinely seriously on its theme of social injustice.
December 21, 2020
Boon Joon Ho keeps us thoroughly enthralled as the story unfolds, deftly calibrating shifts in tone between satire, screwball farce, black comedy and horror, and also nimbly balancing our sympathies between the two families.
December 17, 2020
A splendid take on class inequalities that force the audience to question who is the parasite, the rich or the poor.
December 7, 2020
Not content with a basic premise of crime and punishment, director Bong Joon Ho goes a step further, eventually corkscrewing off on a tangent that drags out the running time.
November 3, 2020
Precisely controlled and drolly ironic in tone even as its events grow more and more berserk, Parasite is always entertaining, foremost.
September 24, 2020
Every actor brings different nuances to their respective portrayals and is completely in sync with the picture's seriocomic tone.
September 17, 2020
Bong's work was leading to this galvanizing movie which has really shocked people into further questioning the wealth gap and understanding the precariousness of the urban underclass in an era of climate change...
August 20, 2020
One of the best films of the decade and of Korean cinema (a nation that, by the way, has one of the most interesting filmographies of contemporary times). Its greatest strength is telling a story small but so powerful... [Full review in Spanish]
August 9, 2020
Bong's film is one which reveals itself in layers and it's almost impossible to categorise - it's at once a black comedy, thriller, horror, family drama and an allegory about class.
August 6, 2020
An unusual director with his antenna attuned to social class...Bong has emerged over the past decade as a globally significant filmmaker.
July 29, 2020
Parasite was the single best film I saw in 2019.
July 28, 2020
The most impressive part? That even though this is a crowd-pleaser, it somehow manages to be marvelously depressing in ways that don't hit until after the credits roll.
July 24, 2020
July 24, 2020
It's important to go in as fresh as possible to enjoy the film's juicy surprises, which are unraveled with the craft of a master, steadily building characters into the scheme, inviting our complicity, then yanking out the rug.
July 24, 2020
What starts off as a light-hearted comedy ends up becoming a bloody thriller as Bong intertwines slapstick comedy scenes and tense artful schemes.
July 14, 2020
The fallout of socio-economic disparities that pit one class of people against another has rarely been put on the big screen with the kind of savage candour and devastating intensity that Bong brings.
July 8, 2020
Bong Joon-ho masterfully sets the table, and then delivers a raw, brutal critique to society. A masterpiece and one of 2019 best films. [Full review in Spanish]
July 8, 2020
Parasite is a stunning achievement. It's a work that is as keenly prescient as it is superbly crafted.
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