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  • Summary: A lurid fable of obsessive love, using a potent mix of dark romance, surrealist technique, and violent action. Bad Guy paints a picture of a dark, hauntingly unforgettable neon-lit world, where two unlikely lovers meet on their own lonely street. (LifeSize Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    The most emotionally satisfying pic to date by Korean iconoclast Kim Ki-duk.
  2. 70
    The film works best as a passionate tale of obsessive love, with two people brought together under harrowing circumstances.
  3. Uncompromising, unpleasant and emotionally brutal, this twisted love story of emotional bondage is oddly compelling.
  4. The filmmaker's attempt to explore the outer boundaries of erotic and violent obsession are undone by the murkiness of the execution, and only the highly committed and forceful performances by the two leads give the aptly titled Bad Guy any distinction.
  5. 50
    The audience is subjected to a series of emotional contortions, encouraged to experience them voyeuristically, and then scolded for doing so. The bathetic music Kim favors is profoundly at odds with his chilly attitude toward the characters.
  6. Really, who needs a bad guy who's this guilty about being bad?
  7. 25
    Becomes more and more confused, unpleasant and preposterous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3