Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Reviews

Page 1 of 2
August 30, 2009
Talks Sin and Salvation while spending all his creative energies on debasing gags and sneering wide-angle shots
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.
December 20, 2006
Didn't have enough heart for me to find its soft spot.
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
July 13, 2006
Somewhere over the course of this trilogy, most of the flavor has gone out.
July 1, 2006
It doesn't help that Lee's performance is pretty one-note. She doesn't seem too interested in exploring her character's human side, despite opportunities provided by Park.
June 30, 2006
Squanders plot impetus, and even with constant crosscutting it's lethargically paced, slogging through soap-operatic back stories and maddening irrelevancies.
June 30, 2006
Park's imagery can be as poetic as it is jolting, but the pacing is slow and meandering.
June 30, 2006
Exhibits elegant craftsmanship...Unfortunately, the fragmentary narrative style and a distasteful final act leave it another near-miss.
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.
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).
June 23, 2006
I have four words to account for the popularity of Park Chanwook's stylishly inane crime picture: Asian chicks in prison.
June 8, 2006
Looks may not be able to kill, but boredom can sure do the job.
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.
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.
April 28, 2006
... a kinder, gentler exercise in empty virtuosity.
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.
October 6, 2005
...meaningless lunacy...
October 3, 2005
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.
Page 1 of 2