Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jan 25, 2013
    A gloriously decadent, gorgeously photographed melodrama – a movie where people burst into tears and act very badly towards each other, all while wearing really fabulous clothes.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 24, 2013
    Even as The Taste of Money swerves toward a frantic climax and a sentimental denouement, it remains intriguing. It feeds an insatiable curiosity about how the other half - or, in current parlance, the 1 percent - lives, and what it shows us is gorgeous, grotesque and disconcertingly human.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jan 22, 2013
    Is there such a thing as "tastefully smutty"? Director Im Sang-soo's moody and semi-Shakespearian The Taste of Money walks that line with some artfully lit humping and cross-generational seduction.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jan 18, 2015
    Im Sang-Soo’s exposé of a Seoul family corporation is stymied by a humourless regurgitation of observations about power, corruption and lies.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Oct 24, 2013
    It is a strange slo-mo farce, well directed, highly sexualised – shallow, but sleek.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 23, 2013
    For all the revelations about the way the rich operate, there's little juicy pleasure to be had in the proceedings.
  7. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Jan 23, 2013
    A trite and tangled potboiler that, despite its polemical pretensions, is just a glorified Korean domestic drama with classier couture and shapelier champagne flutes.
  8. Reviewed by: Geoff Andrew
    Oct 22, 2013
    As the sexual, financial and criminal shenanigans get ever more complicated, absurd and melodramatic, the film becomes increasingly tiresome; it’s not even possible to enjoy its excesses in a ‘so bad it’s good’ way.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 25, 2013
    Im could care less about these people as characters, presenting them as either obscenely hot or repellently decaying bundles of flesh.

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