• Studio: Tartan
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2006
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 3 out of 42

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Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    80
    A brutal mystery that's more beautifully poetic than the previous entries but still just as captivating. From opening to closing credits, every image is photographed as if it were a painting; even those involving ferocious violence are wonderful to look at.
  2. Mixes comedy and melodrama to a typically baroque degree. Like his "Oldboy" and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," the film displays an audacious visual and narrative style, often sacrificing credibility and coherence along the way. But there is no denying its originality.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    A wildly inventive, highly cinematic director's showcase that looks likely, at least in the West, to enthuse fans of Asian -- especially Korean -- genre movies more than general auds.