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The Isle Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
May 21, 2004
Spring, Summer fans should only have their appreciation of that film expanded by seeing this rougher take on similar themes.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 31, 2003
Beautiful, angry and sad, with a curious sick poetry, as if the Marquis de Sade had gone in for pastel landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 16, 2003
There is little question that this is a serious work by an important director who has something new to say about how, in the flip-flop of courtship, we often reel in when we should be playing out.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 3, 2003
A gorgeous and grotesque Korean film by director Kim Ki-Duk, who seems torn by his artistic and exploitive impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 23, 2002
Once [Kim] begins to overplay the shock tactics and bait-and-tackle metaphors, you may decide it's too high a price to pay for a shimmering picture postcard.
| Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 23, 2002
Daring, mesmerizing and exceedingly hard to forget.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 22, 2002
As gory as the scenes of torture and self-mutilation may be, they are pitted against shimmering cinematography that lends the setting the ethereal beauty of an Asian landscape painting.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 20, 2002
A potent allegorical love story.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 20, 2002
I don't think I've been as entranced and appalled by an Asian film since Shinya Tsukamoto's Iron Man.
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
August 19, 2002
Its juxtaposition of overwrought existentialism and stomach-churning gore will have you forever on the verge of either cracking up or throwing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 29/100