The Wailing (Goksung) Reviews

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March 13, 2020
The Wailing is worth every second of its 156 minute run time.
August 25, 2018
The Wailing's is a world where histories, identities, cultures, realities and generic codes and conventions collapse in spectacular, unforgettable style.
December 27, 2016
Very crazy, very Korean, very long: 156 minutes of murder, diabolism, exorcism and things that go bump by day and night.
November 29, 2016
A complex Korean horror with the surreal village feel of Twin Peaks.
November 24, 2016
The layers of dissembling and self-dissembling pile up so thickly that not only does Na evidently touch on something integral about the nature of evil, but actually seems to be in the process of summoning it before your eyes.
November 21, 2016
By turns funny and despairing, this village noir brings the horror of uncertainty.
November 21, 2016
A stupendously entertaining movie, crammed with delights.
November 21, 2016
The Wailing takes its time to burrow under your skin, but by the time it weaves its dark, potent spell, it leaves you with a lingering, unshakeable sense of dread that Hollywood horror films can rarely muster.
Top Critic
August 8, 2016
The Wailing succeeds at combining a mood of deep unease with visceral gore, buddy cop comedy, and a hallucinogenic mix of horror tropes - a recipe that yields, among other things, an atypical exorcism helmed by an intense Korean shaman.
August 4, 2016
It's a dish with many complex flavors that may seem odd when you see it on the menu, but once you try it, you're not going back to anything else.
June 23, 2016
The film justifies its epic length, meshing ancient east Asian mythology and rituals with more recognizable horror tropes in a way that feels novel and unpredictable.
June 20, 2016
The Wailing is the hard stuff. Handle with care.
June 17, 2016
The film's chaos is offset by often majestic visual grace.
June 15, 2016
Na certainly has fun with an onscreen world whose rules keep getting rewritten with each new iteration of evil.
June 9, 2016
Despite its epic length, The Wailing never bores as Na slathers his tale with generous supplies of atmosphere and awfulness.
June 9, 2016
It's an unforgiving film, one whose story you may question when it's over. But you won't forget it.
June 3, 2016
It may be impossible to turn off your brain while watching "The Wailing," but that makes the film's visceral charms that much more admirably vexing.
June 2, 2016
"The Wailing" is the rare commercial thriller whose feverish manipulations can't be dismissed as merely callous or exploitative.
Top Critic
June 2, 2016
The Wailing is a Hell of a ride, but Na should have given more thought to its destination.
June 2, 2016
"The Wailing" is something like the most gruesome and gripping Scandinavian crime drama you can imagine, transported to a rain-sodden Asian backwater where everyone's in a bad mood and science, religion and superstition are locked in uneasy combat.
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