Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Be warned: Thirst is one of those pictures that tacks on another chapter just when you think it’s wrapping up.
  2. A gaudy, daring, operatic, and bloody funny provocation of a melodrama from Park Chan-wook.
  3. 100
    A brilliant and gruesome work of cinematic invention as well as a passionate and painful human love story.
  4. 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.
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 »