Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    The most emotionally satisfying pic to date by Korean iconoclast Kim Ki-duk.
  2. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    The film is filled with lovely images (Kim studied painting in France), and ultimately becomes, against all expectations, quite moving.
  3. 70
    The film works best as a passionate tale of obsessive love, with two people brought together under harrowing circumstances.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Beautifully shot and lushly scored, this may be one of the least P.C. love stories ever filmed. But it's one of the most deeply felt.
  5. Uncompromising, unpleasant and emotionally brutal, this twisted love story of emotional bondage is oddly compelling.
  6. Low, mean and depressingly plausible.

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