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  • Summary: Based on a famous Korean folktale, this grim fairy tale is one of the most heart-breaking and unexpected movies about loss, guilt and grief ever made. (Tartan Films)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    A Tale of Two Sisters reminds that few things are as terrifying as our own imaginations.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    Although A Tale of Two Sisters has some excellent suspense sequences, it falters badly during the dramatic parts.
  6. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Jun 1, 2012
    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 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. Expand
  2. SariT
    Jan 4, 2008
    Visually beautiful and haunting, and with a great story behind it all. Yes, during the film I was confused, and even frustrated...actually I was confused at the end as well, trying fervently to piece it all together. When I did (and after seeing it again...and again), it became one of my favourite films. It's a crying shame that films like this are almost extinct nowadays, and we're given explosions and plasticine actors instead of a plot and a mystery. It's wonderful to see a film that trusts your capabilit yof understanding. An excellent film! Expand
  3. KelR.
    Dec 25, 2005
    I intially rented this movie so my girlfriend and I could get some good "scares" for the night, but after watching this movie I was not only scared to death, but highly emotional. This movie messes with your mind, it makes you question what was reality and what was not. I had to watch it a second time to put it all together and in one word it was brilliant. After the second time through I couldn't help but tear up, which was embarassing but none the less, that's how powerful the movie was. I loved everything about it, the acting, the music, the special effects and especially the story. If you've liked any asian horror before, such as the Ring, or even if you enjoy a good drama, heck, even if you don't like either I'd still recommend this flick. Expand
  4. ChrisR.
    Jan 15, 2008
    This is my favorite foreign horror film. The cinematography is awesome, the art direction is exemplary, the mood and atmosphere it creates is creepy and very effective. Horror with an artistic soul. The plot is indeed confusing and the ending allows for the viewers own interpretation of "what happened" it is purposely open-ended and yet enjoyable and leaves you transfixed and still thinking about it long after it is finished. Employs subtle tension (that bloody bag still haunts me!) Its atmosphere and style is as of yet, unmatched. A work of art. Collapse
  5. ErikaM.
    Mar 17, 2006
    The first time I watched this movie, I liked it. The second time, I loved it and it remains one of my fav. movies. People expecting a conventional scary movie will be disappointed. But, if the viewer watches it with an open mind she will be greatly rewarded. Highly Recommended! Expand
  6. RaymondW
    Mar 17, 2009
    It's been 8 years since I thoroughly enjoyed a movie, but after watching A Tale of Two Sisters, I feel it's the third best movie I've ever seen. Expand
  7. May 29, 2011
    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 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

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