Pieta Reviews

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.
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 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
Repellent on every level.
September 2, 2013
As the intensity ramps up, Pieta skews more towards silliness than shock.
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.
May 30, 2013
Ki-duk's having his cake, and chewing it with his mouth open, too.
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.
May 16, 2013
This is brilliant in some stretches and deplorable in others, with the director's usual extreme violence and depraved sexuality.
Top Critic
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.
May 14, 2013
An intriguing tale of redemption and rebirth ... that eventually segues into a more conventional revenge drama.
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.
May 14, 2013
Kim Ki-duk's film makes an exaggerated, undeserved show of its cruelty, indignity, and aspirations of importance.