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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)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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.
  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  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: 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. Collapse
  2. AnnikaUnknown
    Sep 13, 2007
    10
    Great film, probably one of my favourites.
  3. SariT
    Jan 4, 2008
    10
    Visually beautiful and haunting, and with a great story behind it all. Yes, during the film I was confused, and even frustrated...actually I 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
  4. TiarO'S.
    Dec 3, 2005
    9
    Superbly crafted, excellent acting and an intricate web of a storyline that invites the viewers to come up with possibilities and reasons for Superbly crafted, excellent acting and an intricate web of a storyline that invites the viewers to come up with possibilities and reasons for certain twists and turns. On top of that, this sublime film holds on to some terrifing moments, and shows us that our imagination can cause far more horror than any film ever could. It is also the only film apart from "ringu", in my opinion, that perfects the overused scene of a dead girl with her hair covering her face. Gave me goosebumps and left me in a state of awe when it finished. An absolute must see. Expand
  5. RaymondW
    Mar 17, 2009
    9
    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 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
  6. matta.
    Nov 17, 2005
    8
    In the end, the plot revelations are a little too obscure and vague for even a fan of that kind of ending like me, but the scary moments, In the end, the plot revelations are a little too obscure and vague for even a fan of that kind of ending like me, but the scary moments, performances, cinematogrpahy, and direction are so good that it makes up for it. Along with Japan's Audition, easily the scariest of the Asian Horror flicks of the last few years, and maybe ever. Expand
  7. 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. Expand

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