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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Reviews

August 6, 2006
... as brutal as it is beautiful.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
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+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2006
Pound-of-flesh cinema, you might say.
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
June 23, 2006
Powered by a glowering performance by actress Lee Young Ae, it is a walloping tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
June 2, 2006
Hell can't possibly get any more beautiful, or strange, than the way it's rendered in Lady Vengeance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 25, 2006
If Lady Vengeance is just a slick cheap thrill, it also boasts extraordinary performances and unusually skillful, eerily beautiful production.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
May 19, 2006
For anyone else interested in one of the most skillful and startling directors today, Vengeance is worth bracing yourself for.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
May 10, 2006
[An] inflammatory, inimitable movie inventory of hell on earth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 5, 2006
South Korean director Park Chan-wook's tremendous conclusion to his Vengeance trilogy is a modern classic.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2006
In the end Geum-ja emerges as a stirring feminist icon...
April 28, 2006
Novices should prepare for mind-bending bloodshed and violence.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 ...
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 28, 2006
... a kinder, gentler exercise in empty virtuosity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 27, 2006
Lady Vengeance dazzles us with cinematic savoir-faire, but it is ultimately as cold, calculating and contradictory as its anti-heroine.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2006
The whole process adds up to a fairly impressive two-stage thrill ride.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 27, 2006
The whole process adds up to a fairly impressive two-stage thrill ride,
Read More | Original Score: B
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
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.
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.