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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 8, 2006
Looks may not be able to kill, but boredom can sure do the job.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Talks Sin and Salvation while spending all his creative energies on debasing gags and sneering wide-angle shots
Eric D. Snider
July 13, 2006
Somewhere over the course of this trilogy, most of the flavor has gone out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
April 15, 2009
Park Chanwook works his Grand Guignol sense of humor against Korean social conditions to effect a call-and-response logic to the metaphoric and literal things that happen onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Sobczynski
June 3, 2006
The freshness and ingenuity of Oldboy has been replaced with the kind of lazy self-satisfaction that often comes when a unique filmmaker unexpectedly achieves worldwide success and isn't quite sure of how to handle it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 20, 2006
Didn't have enough heart for me to find its soft spot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 29, 2006
The films strain to present some kind of moral compass, a philosophy of revenge's human toll. But in the end, their sadistic glee in creative bloodshed trumps all.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
April 28, 2006
... a kinder, gentler exercise in empty virtuosity.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 6, 2005
...meaningless lunacy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 23, 2006
I have four words to account for the popularity of Park Chanwook's stylishly inane crime picture: Asian chicks in prison.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 30, 2005
With Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Park Chanwook delivers more virtuosic but empty flash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
George Wu
September 30, 2005
The flashiest, funniest, and most baroque of the "Vengeance Trilogy." It is also the most simpleminded and, despite that, eventually the most muddled.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
December 11, 2005
Alternately wonky -- a late plot twist will leave you thinking a couple of the film's reels went missing -- and offensive as only an elegant depiction of brutal violence can be, Lady Vengeance is meretricious nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Slick and frequently mesmerising, but ultimately it feels as calculated as the murky, melodramatic denouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 11, 2006
This is OldBoy or Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance redux, with the minor twist of a female protagonist, which only makes the movie seem that much more of a cut-rate Kill Bill clone.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 23, 2006
Apart from Park's impressive but ultimately hollow style (his images are impeccably composed and visually inventive), Lady Vengeance is still an exercise in wretched excess (though less extreme than its predecessors).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 29, 2006
Because I am a connoisseur of art cinema, my feelings about Lady Vengeance are complex. Some parts I liked; some parts I didn't.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 30, 2006
Exhibits elegant craftsmanship...Unfortunately, the fragmentary narrative style and a distasteful final act leave it another near-miss.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 30, 2006
Park's imagery can be as poetic as it is jolting, but the pacing is slow and meandering.
| Original Score: 2/4
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