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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Reviews

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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 6, 2006
... as brutal as it is beautiful.
| Original Score: B+
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 30, 2006
Squanders plot impetus, and even with constant crosscutting it's lethargically paced, slogging through soap-operatic back stories and maddening irrelevancies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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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
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Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Pound-of-flesh cinema, you might say.
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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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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
June 23, 2006
Powered by a glowering performance by actress Lee Young Ae, it is a walloping tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 9, 2006
For once Park has stopped smirking long enough to consider the practical point of violence in a way that's pertinent to his own gruesome cinematic pursuits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 2, 2006
Hell can't possibly get any more beautiful, or strange, than the way it's rendered in Lady Vengeance.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 25, 2006
If Lady Vengeance is just a slick cheap thrill, it also boasts extraordinary performances and unusually skillful, eerily beautiful production.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 25, 2006
A film with the capacity to both sicken and delight, a dark thriller with an obsessive, shocking story, shot in gorgeous images that heighten the gruesomeness and horror of what they reveal.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 19, 2006
Operating on many emotional and visceral levels, and occasionally shifting from reality into fantasy, the film demands complete attention, even if the shocking images often make the viewer want to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 19, 2006
For anyone else interested in one of the most skillful and startling directors today, Vengeance is worth bracing yourself for.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 10, 2006
[An] inflammatory, inimitable movie inventory of hell on earth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 5, 2006
South Korean director Park Chan-wook's tremendous conclusion to his Vengeance trilogy is a modern classic.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 5, 2006
While Lady Vengeance is not quite as devastating or brilliantly plotted as Oldboy, it's still a solid punch to the soft stomach of the modern crime thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 3, 2006
In the end Geum-ja emerges as a stirring feminist icon...
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 28, 2006
Novices should prepare for mind-bending bloodshed and violence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 28, 2006
The last of director Park Chanwook's revenge trilogy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is another astonishing achievement of slasher-style justice, moral tussles, and eye-candy design ...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
April 28, 2006
... a kinder, gentler exercise in empty virtuosity.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 27, 2006
Lady Vengeance dazzles us with cinematic savoir-faire, but it is ultimately as cold, calculating and contradictory as its anti-heroine.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 27, 2006
The whole process adds up to a fairly impressive two-stage thrill ride.
| Original Score: B
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 27, 2006
The whole process adds up to a fairly impressive two-stage thrill ride,
| Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 25, 2006
Chan-wook has examined many aspects of the concept of revenge, including the most lasting: consequences. For many movies, the act of retribution is the point of the film. For Chan-wook, it's the starting point for a larger tapestry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 25, 2006
Lady Vengeance is his most sullen and patient film, and yet it's breathless pop filmmaking, narratively mercurial, viscerally traumatic, and thematically infernal.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 4, 2005
While the film never really achieves the emotional resonance to which it clearly aspires, its sheer inventiveness and bravura visual style deliver plenty of entertaining moments along the way.