The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Reviews

November 3, 2018
What we're eventually left with is one long, depthless ode to structure.
April 14, 2017
The intrigue, shifting alliances, and twisted revenge? Delicious, pulpy fun. The male-gazey soft-core porn that undermines the female protagonists? Not so much.
December 27, 2016
Even the most sensational sequences in The Handmaiden fail to do much more than disrupt the plot line.
October 28, 2016
The flourishes of brutality, the pageantry of hardcore, the punchlines and slapstick gags: what's all this doing in an otherwise earnest film about deception and love?
October 27, 2016
How seriously can we take the film's rejection of systematic male oppression when it so blatantly objectifies its women?
October 27, 2016
Uncomfortable squirms, not titillation, seem the only reasonable response to ... the whole point of the movie.
October 20, 2016
Both actresses deliver vivid, tender performances; they generate all the movie's fire, but they're obliged to do it inside a chilly, ritualized framework, the aesthetic equivalent of a softcore mausoleum.
September 9, 2016
Park goes all-out in series of gratuitous, nearly explicit, sex scenes. That's not in itself such a bad thing, but when he opts for a severely sadistic sequence near the end, he goes too far.
May 18, 2016
Park has genre-ised this material right up with a lip-smacking, borderline pervy glee, but leaves us with relationships that only sketchily make sense.
May 16, 2016
The film is not all bad -and ensures another surprise at the end-, but by that time you'll be already tired of a story that might well have been resolved in 100 minutes without exaggerating the visual stylization. [Full review in spanish]