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The Housemaid Reviews

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 12, 2016
Im Sang-soo can't improve on Kim Ki-young's 1960 original, a jaIm Sang-soo can't improve on Kim Ki-young's 1960 original, a jarring and operatic cult favorite. Still, he does tweak the themes in intriguing fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2011
The situation continues to fester, the balance of power shifts back and forth among some wonderfully defined characters.
Michael Nordine
Film Threat
October 25, 2011
Quick to show its characters' skin but less inclined to explore what lies beneath it.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
With the honourable exception of a film-saving Byung-sik, the characters are too unpleasant and two-dimensional to keep it together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2011 echo of the 1960 film perhaps, but it's an echo that has been compressed and processed, run through the stomp box that is director Im Sang-soo's imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 17, 2011
Exudes a surreal sense of deranged domestic privilege.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Miraudo
April 11, 2011
Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid either doesn't know what it wants to be, or is trying to be too many things at once. Few films can claim to be over-ambitious and half-hearted at the same time, but there you go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 18, 2011
The graphic sex scenes radiate an uncommon heat, and Im can pull off a hugely effective shock when he wants to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
March 14, 2011
Can't touch the original's spiraling perversity
Sarah Boslaugh
March 4, 2011
Evil seems to lurk in every shadowy corner and the director's choice of a primarily brown palette imposes a layer of foreboding over even the most apparently innocent of scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 4, 2011
The movie kowtows to the old truism that the rich are different - but it does it with a sardonic smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 25, 2011
Writer-director Im Sang-Soo injects a certain sense of otherworldliness in the proceedings -- the final scene is straight from David Lynchland --- which may not make things mesmerizing, but does deliver a consistently odd angle.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
February 19, 2011
The Housemaid isn't all that deep, but it's consistent fun, on the cusp between art and softcore nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 18, 2011
You can grin all the way through, but the satisfaction turns to ashes by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 18, 2011
It's like a contemporary, even more heightened version of one of those Bette Davis movies that still show up on late-night TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 17, 2011
"The Housemaid" scores on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 17, 2011
"The Housemaid" glitters coldly, with its marble surfaces and scheming eyes, as it builds to its dramatic, unexpected climax.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 17, 2011
While the film grows increasingly preposterous in its final act, the enigmatic performances of Youn and Jeon carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 17, 2011
The secret weapon of "The Housemaid'' - the reason it works at all - is Jeon in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
February 17, 2011
Im creates a seductive and disquieting thriller in which overt violence is rare but ruthless manipulation and a callous lack of concern for people are commonplace.
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