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Pieta Reviews

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Katherine Monk
Canada.com
May 31, 2013
A gangster story with a latent conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 31, 2013
The film's big reveal may not come as that much of a surprise; you may figure out where it's going well before the end. But it's the getting there that is, if not exactly fun, then certainly hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 31, 2013
[A] lurid but undeniably powerful story, and the lead performances are compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 31, 2013
Fascination returns at the stirring climax, when the plot neatly twists and the film's apparently simple message turns deeper, and blacker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 30, 2013
By the time the last dark plot twist rolls around, any dollop of emotional connection has been diluted in a sea of empty unpleasantness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 30, 2013
A mother's love for her child takes on brutal new meaning in Pieta, a film by Kim Ki-duk that's as hard to watch as it is to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury
May 30, 2013
Ki-duk's having his cake, and chewing it with his mouth open, too.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 26, 2013
Wrenching Oedipal tragedy not for the casual viewer
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 26, 2013
No comfort in this Pieta
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 23, 2013
Like many South Korean films, revenge is a major theme here, although the way Kim handles it is particularly subtle and surprising: It sneaks up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
May 17, 2013
The film contains some memorable moments, and a pair of fine performances, but it's hard not to feel that it would have proved more successful if it had stayed on the path it was heading down for the first forty minutes or so.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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William Goss
Film.com
May 17, 2013
May not rank with the operatic madness of Park Chan-wook, or the visceral overkill of Kim Jee-woon, but if you're still not sick of feeling sick, then Pieta might be the movie for you.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 17, 2013
The performances of these two leads are compelling and the Cheonggyecheon area can almost be seen as another character in Kim's morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine
May 17, 2013
Kim has a very specific wringer he intends to usher his pawns through and a particular course he's plotted to it. Consequently, a complex, troubling character study slowly becomes a borderline conventional narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 17, 2013
More philosophy than film at times, it asks questions without expecting easy answers. What is money? What is love? And what would you do for either?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2013
Expectedly gruesome in some of its details. But it's the explicitness about capitalism's emotional wreckage that gives this micro-budgeted drama a gut-punch heft.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 17, 2013
The newest masterpiece of sex and brutality by South Korean wild man Kim Ki-duk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 16, 2013
Filled with feisty women and cowering men, "Pieta" twists human emotions into pretzels of perversion.
| Original Score: 5/5
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May 16, 2013
Kim offers no easy answers, and never backs away from the toughness of the questions, in a film that's ugly in both its material and its presentation.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2013
Thou shalt not borrow, nor maim those who owe interest, preaches this obsessive auteur, offering one more near-mute seeker of justice. The tragic perversity is gripping.
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