The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Reviews

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April 14, 2017
The result is a lush, silken, erotic, disturbing, beautifully photographed drama of betrayal and passion.
April 14, 2017
The urge for a second viewing struck me midway through the first.
April 13, 2017
It is certainly a brilliant adaptation of Sarah Waters' original novel and a film about something that most other movies can only guess at: pleasure and rapture.
April 11, 2017
A genuinely fun blend of sumptuous visuals and a perverse sense of humour.
November 11, 2016
Go see it. If you love cinema at all, go see it.
November 1, 2016
Far too good to be watched in one sitting.
November 1, 2016
Chan-wook Park's The Handmaiden is deliciously perverse, delightfully twisty, and unapologetically erotic.
October 30, 2016
The Handmaiden is just pure cinema, a dizzying, disturbing fable of love and betrayal that piles on luxurious imagery, while never losing track of its story's human core.
October 28, 2016
Park Chan-wook is a master of classy trash... There's artistry in his filmmaking, but also a lot of blood, plenty of sick humor and moments of sheer lunacy. The Handmaiden ranks among his best films yet.
October 28, 2016
The surface is classical, while Park's perversity bubbles up from beneath.
October 28, 2016
Kinky by design, artful by intent, the film draws visual inspiration from Gothic erotic art while distilling its screenplay - Chung Seo-kyung and Park share co-script - from the Sarah Waters Victorian crime novel Fingersmith.
October 28, 2016
Park's Handmaiden is a great big chocolate box of a movie in which a rich and satisfying narrative is enlivened by some piquant erotica and the sharp tang of politics.
October 27, 2016
"The Handmaiden" is 145 minutes of clever, erotic entertainment.
October 27, 2016
Uncomfortable squirms, not titillation, seem the only reasonable response to ... the whole point of the movie.
October 27, 2016
Everything in "The Handmaiden" is ripe, sensual, rich. There's no beauty in chopping off fingers, it's true. But it can be artfully done.
October 27, 2016
There may not be a director currently working who's more of an evil genius, or whose movies offer more double-edged delights.
October 27, 2016
"The Handmaiden" is a fever dream from South Korean virtuoso Park Chan-wook, bursting with the kind of goodies that send cinephiles into ecstasy.
October 27, 2016
You have, I promise, never seen a movie quite like Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden."
Top Critic
October 26, 2016
A shot of both beauties from behind, their hair in twin twists, feels like Park playing to porn fantasies. Yet he respects them as individuals, even when we're not sure who they really are
October 26, 2016
"The Handmaiden" hails from South Korea, but compared to most American movies of its scale and budget, it might as well have been made on another planet.
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