Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    75
    A Tale of Two Sisters reminds that few things are as terrifying as our own imaginations.
  2. It's a stunningly creepy specimen of Asian horror.
  3. Quite restrained for what's basically a horror movie, and very well acted.
  4. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    Masterfully manipulative and bloody scary.
  5. 80
    No hack job. It has more impact than your Rings, Grudges, Eyes, Dark Waters…out there and it does it with a minimum of actual on-screen scares. Finally, a real filmmaker gives it like it should be given...and it hurts so good.
  6. 80
    While all the pieces don't quite add up in the end, as memory, fantasy and delusion collide, the film succeeds again and again at pulling you to the edge of your seat and keeping you there.
  7. A triumph of stylish, darkly absurdist horror that even manages to strike a chord of Shakespearean tragedy - and evokes a sense of wonder anew at all the terrible things people do to themselves and each other.
  8. It makes for one of the best and most haunting of the recent Asian horror films.
  9. It may not be a pretty picture, but A Tale of Two Sisters is definitely a satisfying piece of less-is-more cinematic horror.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    cinematographer Mo-gai Li's keen sense of color balance and composition make this freaky fairy tale the most beautiful - if not the scariest - horror movie in ages.
  11. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    It manages to suspend disbelief without over-taxing the viewer's patience, and boasts at least one terrific performance, by actress Yeom Jeong-ah as a scary stepmom.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Jun 1, 2012
    10
    I loved everything about this movie. It's one of those movies that will confuse you by the end but after you go back and watch it againI loved everything about this movie. It's one of those movies that will confuse you by the end but after you go back and watch it again things start to make sense. It seems to be marketed as a horror movie but I would say it's more of a drama with some horror elements. Touching story, great cinematography, as well as a great musical score. I can't recommend this movie enough. Full Review »
  2. Nov 26, 2010
    8
    Beautifully crafted, this story stays with you. It's complicated, and it does take a few watchings, but everytime I was able to find a newBeautifully crafted, this story stays with you. It's complicated, and it does take a few watchings, but everytime I was able to find a new clue. The unsettling and emotional ride is worth reading some subtitles. Full Review »
  3. Dec 29, 2014
    2
    This film is boring, dull and not scary and has a confusing plot. This is not a good horror film, and is in fact, in my opinion, very bad. ItThis film is boring, dull and not scary and has a confusing plot. This is not a good horror film, and is in fact, in my opinion, very bad. It has too little use of sound effects.I do not understand what's so good about this movie. Full Review »