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The Yellow Sea Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
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A listless succession of brutal, consequence-free stabbings encase a pair of lengthy chase set pieces, both technically adept, both utterly ridiculous.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2011
Philip Kemp
Total Film

At nearly two and a half hours long, The Yellow Sea is overkill in every sense.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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The Yellow Sea is far less interested in character than in choreographing pursuit scenes spiced with Asia Extreme levels of violence.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 29, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

An exhilarating film with action that is breathtakingly kinetic and visceral.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2011
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep

I was never bored, it's fast and funny and edge-of-the-seat tense; it's just that I'd still like to see the end of the film it started off being.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

October 19, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Although the central story is compelling, even fans of this ultra-violent genre might find The Yellow Sea (the water between China and Korea) is too long and dark, especially given the way the leading characters wear black at night.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2011
William Goss
MSN Movies
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...does boast its fair share of gripping moments.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies

March 21, 2013
Philip De Semlyen
Empire Magazine

A violent thrill-ride to a dark new corner of Asian cinema.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2011
Anton Bitel
Film4

a gripping existentialist thriller, where jealousy, greed and desperation lead inexorably to a chaos of carnage, and where exile and death cross their borders to merge into an emotionally-charged sequence of final images.

Full Review Source: Film4

November 10, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A rush of a movie from South Korea that slips and slides from horror to humor on rivers of blood and offers the haunting image of a man, primitive incarnate, beating other men with an enormous, gnawed-over meat bone.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 1, 2011
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

The overriding tone is bitter irony and brutal hypocrisy. There's no honor among thieves here.

Full Review Source: Parallax View

June 10, 2011
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

An epic noir thriller that contains no small amount of excitement, it suggests that Na might well be the best action director currently working in Korea.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 62/100

July 14, 2011
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Writer-director Na Hong-Jin achieves a vibe of urban desolation right off the bat, and deepens the mayhem with acutely observed and charged details about illegal-immigrant life.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 29, 2011
Matt Singer
IFC.com

Frenzy is fine, but a little bit more clarity, at least narratively speaking, would have been nice.

Full Review Source: IFC.com | Original Score: B-

October 3, 2011
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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A breakneck mix of bone-crunching freneticism and bloody close-quarters knife-fighting with a strand of romantic melancholy.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 1, 2011
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Urban Cinefile

Probably the year's best crime drama and might be confirmation that there is a new master of the genre, spinning tough as teak tales, ready to emerge

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 5, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

[A] highly efficient Korean thriller...

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 23, 2011
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

Perhaps The Yellow Sea does not really hang together, and, yes, it could perhaps have lost 30 minutes. But its power and bite-strength are impressive.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

The action is epic but there's psychological depth too.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2011

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

October 21, 2011
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
September 28, 2011
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