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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
    75
    A Tale of Two Sisters reminds that few things are as terrifying as our own imaginations.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    60
    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
    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 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. 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 new clue. The unsettling and emotional ride is worth reading some subtitles. Expand
  3. 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 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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