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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37

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  1. Aug 3, 2011
    10
    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.
  2. Jan 17, 2011
    8
    A great Chan-Wook Park film, after the weird and awkward I AM CYBORG BUT THAT IS OK (2006). Park is one of reputable Directors in South Korea. Thiz time he absolutely back in right track, brought strange and unique vampire story. Previously Park known by his vengeance trilogy comprises SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (2002), the powerful OLDBOY (2003) and LADY VENGEANCE (2002). Two main Casts blend into fabulous chemistry. Kang-Ho Song delivered one of his best performances. Song successfully represented the vampire aura very well. His pair, Ok-Bin Kim also showed terrific performance, gained with complicated character. Devout in the beginning and turned out mischief in the end. Couple of scenes contain some vulgar sex scenes, but still perceivable to describe the relationship between. I like the camera angles, sometimes dynamic and other times just go conventional. It is effectively supports the story-telling. In my notes, the special effects were efficient but effective and believable. The story is about a priest that volunteering in sort of medical experiments. The consequence, he turned to be some kind of vampire. Afterward, he involved in forbidden affair with his friend wife. The relationship becomes intimate and deathly for everybody, including both of them. It is a contemplation that sometimes desire could turn out to be havoc. It is well-executed movie. Bravo! Welcome back, Mr. Park.


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  3. May 2, 2011
    10
    Chan-Wook Park.
    Need I say more?
    The guy is brilliant in suspense and toying with it. This is more of a date movie compared to his other films though. But even so, he put a great twist on the Vampire concept. This Twilight craze is getting out of hand, and Park shows you can still have romance in with such a back story, yet still make it horrifying. Not jump out of my seat kind of
    frightening, but calm, intimate, and spine-chilling. Awesome movie. Never regretted paying 5 bucks to rent it. Expand
  4. Jun 25, 2014
    10
    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.
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Antosca
    80
    A terrific film. Loosely based on Emile Zola's novel "Therese Raquin."
  2. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    70
    Stunning production quality and the story's extremity should arouse interest beyond the specialty Asian market.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    An overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspiration.