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Pieta Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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?
Full Review | 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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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
May 16, 2013
For all its cringe-inducing horror, "Pieta" is visually restrained, striking visceral blows with psychological precision while making little use of gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2013
This is brilliant in some stretches and deplorable in others, with the director's usual extreme violence and depraved sexuality.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 16, 2013
It's like a dour, less stylized version of one of the violent revenge fantasies from Kim's fellow countryman, Park Chan-wook.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 15, 2013
This tidy, ultimately moving thriller about a loan shark who meets a woman claiming to be his mother offers up the director's vintage blend of cruelty, wit and moral complexity.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
An intriguing tale of redemption and rebirth ... that eventually segues into a more conventional revenge drama.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 14, 2013
It's likely that two incestuous interactions between the purported blood relatives will be a deal breaker for most viewers, and both of [those] scenes admittedly play with a degree of poseur provocation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5