A Tale of Two Sisters

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 58
  2. Negative: 3 out of 58

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  1. May 29, 2011
    5
    The film risks a typical basic structure of the drama (the initial time to engage with the characters, and then walk the last of the story, as with the audience caring about what they are seeing). But the result was a flop, since all the first time in connection with the characters is undermined by horror without rhythm and just sprinkled in are mostly long shots, trying to build anThe film risks a typical basic structure of the drama (the initial time to engage with the characters, and then walk the last of the story, as with the audience caring about what they are seeing). But the result was a flop, since all the first time in connection with the characters is undermined by horror without rhythm and just sprinkled in are mostly long shots, trying to build an atmosphere of tension, however end up leading to frustration. though the picture is beautiful, there are small moments of glory and the eruption of information at the end of the film quench doubts, the final feeling isn't as above average. Expand
  2. ChadS.
    Jan 5, 2005
    5
    This sort of film needs a strong denouement that brings into focus all the plot vagaries. "A Tale of Two Sisters" fails to do that. It's hard to tell what took place in the protagonist's mind, and what really happened. Sometimes, there's more than one mentally unstable character; a confusing and unfortunate ploy because we have to distinguish reality from fantasy. A second This sort of film needs a strong denouement that brings into focus all the plot vagaries. "A Tale of Two Sisters" fails to do that. It's hard to tell what took place in the protagonist's mind, and what really happened. Sometimes, there's more than one mentally unstable character; a confusing and unfortunate ploy because we have to distinguish reality from fantasy. A second viewing will clear things up but it might not be worth the effort. Neither young actress are particularly effective. Ji-Woon Kim has talent. "The Foul King" is a better sports film from a non-English speaking country than, say, "The Iron Ladies", or "Lagaan". "A Tale of Two Sisters" is no "Fright Club", and like the equally mediocre "The Eye"(Hong Kong), received American distribution due to the popularity of the horror genre. Expand
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. Awkward storytelling and spotty exposition reduce it to a string of rude shocks--not even the eventual denouement provides a lucid enough account of where this is all coming from.
  3. Either way, Kim's rather clumsily acted film remains monstrously effective ookiness, with crepuscular cinematography (by the Hollywood-destined Kim Byeong-il) that suggests a nightmare endured from inside a suffocating velvet pillowcase.