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The Housemaid Reviews

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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.
February 14, 2011
Never comes to an emotional boil.
February 8, 2011
This South Korean thriller owes a lot to the late Claude Chabrol - its damnation of the idle rich, its imprisoning interior designs, even poisoning - but Sang-soo Im doesn't delve as deeply as Chabrol could and his film eventually implodes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 8, 2011
Too many cell phones and I-pods makes for bad Feng Shui in this updated potboiler about a housemaid's job gone terribly wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 5, 2011
As a statement on the decadence of the rich, Sang-soo's points are as subtle as a bottle of Cristal smashed over the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
February 4, 2011
This compact, sophisticated chamber drama takes a significant place in the so-called Korean New Wave.
February 3, 2011
Sang-soo does with "The Housemaid" what many filmmakers do with remakes of influential genre films. He amps up the sex and smoothes down the stylistic edges of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2011
Not much of a statement on the privilege and entitlement of the upper class, though, when the maid isn't any more respectful of the boundaries of her employers than she is of theirs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 3, 2011
This story is told by writer-director Im Sang-soo with cool, elegant cinematography and sinuous visual movements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 29, 2011
It's a deliciously perverse melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 28, 2011
Im mostly keeps the outline of the plot and gives the tale a whole new spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 27, 2011
Even with the piece wobbling between dark psychology and campy soap, the cast is compelling as it navigates the uncertainty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 23, 2011
So immersed in the technical details - perfectly calibrated camera angles, meticulous lighting and the actors' lovingly regarded physicality - that the movie grows cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 23, 2011
Enjoyable, soapy, melodramatic schlock buoyed up by its great cast. Meditations on class disparities are worthy and often chilling, but our main subject's issues come off as contrivance and get in the viewers' way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 22, 2011
The elevation of the family from middle-class strivers to stratospherically wealthy jerks removes any trace of political specificity, but also elevates it to the chilly realm of the fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2011
An often sexy and well-acted thriller, with rich bad people doing terrible things to nice poor ones.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 21, 2011
For all of its frankness, though, the film will feel something like a throwback,
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 21, 2011
Unless you feel compelled to see yet again what happens when a man has an affair with his servant, check out the original instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 30/100
January 21, 2011
A chilling, intelligent and atmospheric thriller brimming with suspense, exquisite cinematography and a captivating performance by Jeon Do-yeon.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.2021/10
January 21, 2011
Im Sang-soo has pulled out stops that you didn't even know he had, in ways that will shock and satisfy.
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