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The Housemaid Reviews

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
February 14, 2011
Never comes to an emotional boil.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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-
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 4, 2011
This compact, sophisticated chamber drama takes a significant place in the so-called Korean New Wave.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 29, 2011
It's a deliciously perverse melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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
Robert Levin
amNewYork
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
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
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
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 22, 2011
An often sexy and well-acted thriller, with rich bad people doing terrible things to nice poor ones.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
January 21, 2011
For all of its frankness, though, the film will feel something like a throwback,
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
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
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 21, 2011
It is beautifully shot, with impeccable acting and visual detail. Now, if someone will just explain the brief, head-scratching coda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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