Pieta Reviews

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March 2, 2019
Die-hard devotees may still find some vague form of enjoyment lurking beneath Pietà's drab and depressing exterior, but for the majority there's little on show here to make it worth wholly recommending.
May 10, 2016
It's agonising to watch the two lead performers going deep into the sludge.
December 2, 2013
A vicious, torture-happy debt collector with some severe sexual peccadilloes is, erm, softened by the return of his estranged mother in Kim Ki-duk's deeply unsettling Pieta.
November 16, 2013
Possesses a sad, quiet power. Kim's film isn't as a cool as those made by his compatriots. But it is, in its own way, just as memorable.
November 4, 2013
Succeeds in repulsing and enlightening viewers simultaneously, even if its views on self-sacrifice and redemption are cynical.
September 13, 2013
This is a grisly fable that never goes where we expect it to. And it has some important things to say about both revenge and sacrifice.
September 11, 2013
Nasty is as nasty does, and this lurid if aspirational potboiler does its thing, but the camera could have been let in on the joke.
September 9, 2013
Oedipal metaphysics give way to something altogether more mundane, but Jo and Lee are committed leads, the former carrying the burden of the movie with motherly care and attention.
September 6, 2013
Kim intends a parable about capitalism run amok, which is about as subtle as a wrecking ball aimed at the World Bank.
September 6, 2013
Dark and twisted but without the depth to back it up, Piet is determined to provoke controversy at the expense of characterisation.
September 5, 2013
The film is far from a masterpiece ... but it bristles with Kim's trademark anger and agony.
September 5, 2013
A vicious, unrelenting and bleak drama depicting the devastating effect of the current economic climate on society.
September 5, 2013
Repellent on every level.
September 5, 2013
Anyone who can get past its surface aggression will discover one of the more delicately crafted character studies of modern cinema, and a testament to the talent of director Kim Ki-duk, who continues to shock and astound in equal measure.
September 5, 2013
This film will split opinions, but one thing we can all rejoice in together, is witnessing the unhappiest blowing out of candles on a birthday cake you'll see on the big screen in a long while!
September 3, 2013
Pieta is the kind of film that sends sensitive audiences rushing towards the exit and yet for those who remain to the bitter end there is method in all of this savagery, purpose visible through the grey clouds of unrelenting bleakness.
September 2, 2013
As the intensity ramps up, Pieta skews more towards silliness than shock.
July 19, 2013
It's compelling stuff, a film that starts out as one thing but subtly shifts to become something else entirely.
June 17, 2013
There is a touch too much of the handheld camera, but in general one senses that the very quality of the way this film was made is one of its justifications for being and for its raw moments.
June 13, 2013
After being subjected to disturbing scenes of abject cruelty, rape and torture, my reactions shifted from squeamish revulsion to a reluctant yet growing appreciation for Kim's thematic ambition.
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