Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    A brilliant and gruesome work of cinematic invention as well as a passionate and painful human love story.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Blending plot elements of "Double Indemnity" and "Natural Born Killers" with the ripe sensuality of Francis Coppola's take on "Dracula," the film should make audiences sit up in startled pleasure, as if they'd just received the most luscious neck-bite.
  3. A gaudy, daring, operatic, and bloody funny provocation of a melodrama from Park Chan-wook.
  4. Be warned: Thirst is one of those pictures that tacks on another chapter just when you think it’s wrapping up.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Antosca
    A terrific film. Loosely based on Emile Zola's novel "Therese Raquin."
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Are you hungering for that rare vampire movie with serious intellectual heft, ravishing undead, biting passion and a healthy splash of irony as well as iron in all that spilled red blood? Wait no longer, Korean auteur Park Chan-wook's Thirst should satisfy.
  7. 75
    Movies exist to cloak our desires in disguises we can accept, and there is an undeniable appeal to Thirst.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Thirst is deliriously bonkers and keeps getting more so; you watch it holding your breath, waiting to see where Park will zigzag next.
  9. The summer's most lip-smacking movie treat.
  10. 75
    Thirst never picks up the momentum of Park’s best-known work. But its turgid pace creates a queasy fascination all its own, drawing viewers into an ever-darkening locus of sin and obsession where even the wish for redemption comes at a terrible cost.
  11. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Stunning production quality and the story's extremity should arouse interest beyond the specialty Asian market.
  12. The movie's evolution from somber spiritual torment to icky body horror to fetishistic sex to wild lyricism (vampires pogoing off buildings) to Grand Guignol splatter is exhilarating.
  13. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    The most intriguing aspect of Thirst is the steady erosion of Sang-hyeon's ethics, slackened from "do not" to "do not kill" to "do not kill the undeserving" by the lure of those O+ cocktails.
  14. 70
    Unfortunately, it is also less than the sum of its parts -- overly long, lacking in narrative momentum and too often choosing sensation over coherence.
  15. What the film is saying, so far as I can tell, is that, if cut, you will bleed. And bleed. As the vampire's kindred Seven Deadly Sinner, wild-haired Kim Ok-vin looks like she's having a high old time.
  16. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Do you dig the current vampire craze? Do you love "Twilight" so much you'd die for it? Then skip South Korean writer-director Park Chan-wook's violent, bloody Thirst, a genre-bending - if not genre-destroying - foray into the vampire myth.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Forget "Twilight." Fans of vampire movies are not likely to see anything more graphic, extreme or twisted than Thirst.
  18. Reviewed by: Jan Stuart
    Thirst is good, insolent fun for about two-thirds of the way, before it stumbles and drowns in a pool of its own excess. Still, you can't help but admire a horror movie that prompts us to wonder how vampires with a surplus of blood got by before the advent of Tupperware.
  19. I'll stick out my neck and say that Park Chan Wook's wildly gruesome Thirst is the most whacked-out version of an Emile Zola novel ever to reach the screen.
  20. 50
    Taken as a whole, Thirst meanders too far from the crossroads of life and death; it gets outright dull in spots, although they are few and far between.
  21. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    An overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspiration.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. matthewa.
    Aug 1, 2009
    The Variety review is the most spot-on. This sadly pales in comparison to any of his films in the revenge trilogy (even the mostly mediocre Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance). Good performances (not surprisingly) but an uneven script that really went nowhere and had more than a few holes in the plot. His films are always beautiful to look at though and there are some scenes of brilliance. Just not as consistent as Lady Vengeance and especially Old Boy. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2014
    Ultimately not a supernatural vampire movie, but a movie about very human themes such as morality and temptation. Well made on so many levels: I loved it. Full Review »
  3. Aug 3, 2011
    Another vampire flick that takes the mythology seriously since Let The Right One In and it works. It's similar to Twilight but more gruesome and has a sad ending. Being infected with an incurable disease and force to drink blood is an interesting concept. Park Chan-Wook is not only delivers a good story and well-developed characters, it's an ingenious alternate to New Moon. Full Review »