The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Reviews

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August 20, 2019
As we discover its twists and turns, the movie proves to be a much less interesting story than it seemed to be in its wonderful first act. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 5, 2019
The result is enticingly giddy in its psychological corruption, both of the characters - it's a standard gas-lighting plot - and of audience expectation.
July 10, 2019
This entertaining potboiler manages to satisfy those in the mood for a historically compelling escapist yarn.
June 21, 2019
The visual design of The Handmaiden is itself borderline pornographic- which makes the movie pretty impossible to dislike.
March 30, 2019
Park Chan-wook crafts a mysterious, imaginative, and stylish to a fault feature that defies expectations and ranks among the year's finest.
February 1, 2019
Intertwines lustful carnal scenes and tense artful schemes.
November 17, 2018
It's a film that gradually reveals its many layers of deception, is always visually stunning, yet drops one of the most intriguing deceits of the original novel and its new third part where loose ends are tied up seems rather abrupt.
November 5, 2018
Each frame a picture, the film-critic-turned-filmmaker has a stunning eye for specificity that is reflected in the urgent nuances of every camera movement, every prop, every look, every framing choice.
November 3, 2018
What we're eventually left with is one long, depthless ode to structure.
November 1, 2018
Park clearly delights in the occasionally ridiculous levels of decadence he heaps on this layer cake of deception and deceit, but "The Handmaiden" shows the filmmaker's genuine tenderness as a real, if tortured love story forms at its core.
November 1, 2018
Chan-Wook Park's latest masterpiece is a film that really fire on so many different levels of brilliance - incredibly sexy in some moments, astoundingly disgusting in others; strongly dramatic and then building in unbearable tension.
October 31, 2018
The Handmaiden is not only one of Chan-wook Park's best films, it is also his funniest. Actress Kim Tae-ri is officially a star.
October 14, 2018
It would be a shame to spoil any of the silky curves of the story but sufficed to say that silver bells aren't just for Christmas time in the city anymore.
August 29, 2018
The consistently strong cast and the roving camera that gives you a wide-angle tour of a half-Victorian, half-Japanese mansion-and the sex and violence-keeps things moving for a two-and-a-half hour ride that never gets boring.
August 28, 2018
The film on its own has enough intriguing atmosphere, great performances, production design, and style to recommend it on the whole, but The Handmaiden constantly flirts with being too much of a good thing.
August 25, 2018
Once again Park finds himself immersed in a world of woman-driven intrigue, and like Stoker before it The Handmaiden is concerned with the power dynamics between women in what are contextually configured as sexually transgressive scenarios.
August 24, 2018
The Handmaiden is a triumphant project, pacing its plot well in order to stay engrossing for the whole of its runtime, and creating a dark and twisted piece of cinema that is an imaginative take on an English Victorian-set novel.
August 23, 2018
Like reading a Dickens novel (or indeed a Waters yarn) the pleasure lies in taking one's time, losing oneself in a world a long way from our own.
August 22, 2018
May be silly and slight, but it often strikes the right nerve.
August 6, 2018
... Park Chan-wook does what all excellent filmmakers strive to do- create a technically engrossing and emotionally compelling story that resonates with its audience far after the credits are finished rolling.
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