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  • Summary: The story of a wife, a father and a son and the violent, psycho-sexual consequences that occur when the wife seeks revenge against her husband for his infidelity.
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: Leslie Felperin
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    A gloriously off-the-charts study in perversity.
  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: 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Sep 16, 2013
    67
    A sly dark comedy that doubles as a very impressive display of wordless storytelling.
  6. 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?
  7. 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. Expand