Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 16, 2013
    83
    It's impossible to look away -- not only because the sense of anticipation is so vivid, but because there's no other way to follow the bizarre plot than keep with it.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 12, 2014
    80
    Such is Kim’s plotty momentum that the whole thing feels like an extreme joke made of pained silences, one that somehow strips bare the subtext of overbearing parents. Meryl Streep herself couldn’t improve on it.
  3. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Aug 5, 2014
    80
    Among the blood, sweat and (ahem) salty tears are musings on desire, family and emasculation, but this is Kim at his most mischievous, the laughs drowning all.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Aug 4, 2014
    80
    Even Oedipus would be left scratching his head by this bonkers but drily funny tale of one family's forlorn search for normality.
  5. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    A gloriously off-the-charts study in perversity.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    Kim rattles you with this family’s bizarre and pitiful plight, and only then, from a place of agonised discomfort, does the laughter follow, in great whoops and roars.
  7. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Aug 11, 2014
    75
    A kind of silent opera in which the actors' precise facial emoting and a muscular editing rhythm create a melodrama by turns horrific and hilarious.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 1, 2014
    75
    The three entirely committed, fearless performers put through the physical and emotional motions by Kim carry a film that is the definition of “not for everyone” but Moebius works on its terms. Its twisted, Oedipal, sadomasochistic, castrated terms.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 12, 2014
    70
    Following the self-importance of recent (and inexplicably prizewinning) films like Arirang and Pieta, however, Moebius feels like a giddy, playful return to form. It’s as uproarious as genital mutilation gets.
  10. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Aug 5, 2014
    70
    Except for the presence of the Internet, the picture feels like a retelling of an ages-old fable. In fact, Moebius is almost weird enough to be a creation myth, and that's no small accomplishment.
  11. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Sep 16, 2013
    67
    A sly dark comedy that doubles as a very impressive display of wordless storytelling.
  12. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 14, 2014
    60
    Mr. Kim does show an abiding concern here for the unsubtle realities of human libido and cruelty, but he’s alarmingly tone-deaf as he makes his points, and shows disregard for his female characters as he uses them up.
  13. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Aug 13, 2014
    50
    A viewer familiar with the filmmaker’s latter-day schtick can’t help but wonder: How can an artist be so persistent in his use of symbols, and yet never manage to develop them beyond a rudimentary metaphorical framework?
  14. Reviewed by: Clarence Tsui
    Sep 16, 2013
    50
    What undermines Moebius is how Kim has let high concepts and philosophical subtexts run amok without anchoring them to a substantial narrative
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Aug 5, 2014
    40
    Extreme cinema aficionados will doubtless get major kicks from Moebius. For others, the cumulative shocks are likely to induce weariness and boredom.
  16. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Sep 16, 2013
    28
    The best word to describe it is strange, though it could have been halfway decent (yes, all the way up to halfway decent) if the third act hadn’t succumbed to the crescendo of craziness that had been building for the first hour.
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  1. Aug 8, 2014
    5
    Like his earlier film PIETA, Kim Ki-Duk continues his rage into the Oedipal void. Mommy castrates her son and eats the organ. That's just the beginning in this over the top outrage of a film which eventually becomes an endless series of castrations and mutilations. Is it possible to make debauchery boring? Sadly, it is and MOEBIUS proves the point. One masterful touch--the film has no dialogue which in writing seems like total pretension but in execution is brilliant and totally appropriate. Full Review »