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Pieta Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Max Kyburz
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Succeeds in repulsing and enlightening viewers simultaneously, even if its views on self-sacrifice and redemption are cynical.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 5, 2013
The film is far from a masterpiece ... but it bristles with Kim's trademark anger and agony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2013
A vicious, unrelenting and bleak drama depicting the devastating effect of the current economic climate on society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Evrim Ersoy
Electric Sheep
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.
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
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!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
The List
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 19, 2013
It's compelling stuff, a film that starts out as one thing but subtly shifts to become something else entirely.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 13, 2013
Kim crafts a quietly powerful, character-driven morality tale that is less about the relationship between mother and son than it is about money and happiness.
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
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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
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 26, 2013
Wrenching Oedipal tragedy not for the casual viewer
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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