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The Housemaid Reviews

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
December 13, 2011
The situation continues to fester, the balance of power shifts back and forth among some wonderfully defined characters.
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
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
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-
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
February 17, 2011
"The Housemaid" glitters coldly, with its marble surfaces and scheming eyes, as it builds to its dramatic, unexpected climax.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
January 20, 2011
Mr. Im's voluptuous visual palette combined with the dexterity of his cast is enough to hold your interest and, at times, to make you hold your breath.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 20, 2011
The Housemaid remains compelling mostly for Yun's performance, which is just as inscrutable, but ever-shifting-at times vaguely sinister, at others full of wisdom and quiet resolve.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 20, 2011
There's something nicely kinky in this lusciously photographed erotic Korean thriller by Im Sang-soo - at least for those who don't compare it to the far kinkier, out-there 1960 original by Kim Ki-young.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 19, 2011
Follows the basic blueprint of Kim's film; some of the particulars, however, have been monkeyed with, to mostly shallow effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2011
Despite eccentric touches, like a handheld street-shot overture and Grand Guignol Omen references, there's little difference between this story and soap-opera intrigue.
January 18, 2011
A flamingly sexy soap opera whose satire on high society is sometimes as savage as Claude Chabrol's La ceremonie.
January 18, 2011
This high-end softcore thriller is juicily watchable from start to over-the-top finish, but its gleeful skewering of the upper classes comes off as curiously passe, a luxe exercise in one-note nastiness.
September 14, 2010
An unnecessary remake of Kim Ki-young's 1960 Korean masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4