I Saw the Devil Reviews

  • Somewhere in all the blood (sickening realism is a selling point), a question is posed: When does the one fighting a monster become a monster himself?

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A droll Nietzschean fable that's fully aware of its lapses into absurdity.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Director Kim Jee-woon is a born filmmaker, even if this script (written by Park Hoon Jung and adapted by Kim) is unworthy of his efforts.

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • As revenge fantasy, "I Saw the Devil'' is clever. As comedy, it's sick. As moviegoing, it's tedious...

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Never good with nuance, Kim is a beast with disarming imagery (like the severed head that turns face-up in a river current) but has few resonating ideas, leaving the domino-tumble of brutality to become its own tiresome spectacle.

    Michael Atkinson — Village Voice

  • This is the stuff of nightmares, where even the good guy is bad, and as shock cinema goes, it packs a punch.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • When it comes to bloody revenge movies, it's difficult to beat the South Koreans.

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • Although largely programmed on the festival circuit as a horror movie, I Saw the Devil deviates from pure scare tactics with its integration of cops-and-robbers style espionage and thrilling hand-to-hand combat.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • After a while, the sheer length and repetitiousness of the film begins to feel pornographic in the dullest sense.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • On any number of levels, Devil is troublesome at best, offensive at worst.

    Elizabeth Kerr — Hollywood Reporter

  • Even at its most chaotic, the film never loses sight of the human toll of the increasingly over-the-top events it portrays.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • As a living and breathing piece of cinema, it inhabits its beast in a manner that is arresting on the mind, and almost cringe-inducing to the eyes.

    David Keyes — Cinemaphile.org

  • Thanks to the strong directing we get a handful of really fantastic scenes and a number of thrills, which make this a wholly enjoyable film.

    We Got This Covered

  • It's a terrible time at the movies, and for that it is truly quite great. But you've been warned.

    Will Leitch — Deadspin

  • A thriller that makes you wish you knew how to scream "O.M.G." in Korean.

    Roger Moore

  • A revenge flick that's just about as uncompromising as anything I've seen come out of Asia in the last decade or so.

    Ali Gray — TheShiznit.co.uk

  • In filmmaker Kim Jee-woon's latest offering, the generous runtime begins with narrative promise but soon settles for near-ridiculous plot twists in order set up the next sadistic rape, murder, torture or terror most foul.

    S. James Wegg — JWR

  • Worth the price of admission for the wildly creative (and brutally bloody) taxicab scene alone. Merciless, uncompromising, and unforgettable.

    Jovanka Vuckovic

  • Senseless and inane sicko revenge pic.

    Dennis Schwartz — Ozus' World Movie Reviews

  • ...a gritty, brutal, and consistently uncompromising thriller that does, for the most part, feel like South Korea's answer to Se7en.

    David Nusair — Reel Film Reviews

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