Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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  1. 88
    Haunting and disturbing, Time is the kind of motion picture that gets under your skin and doesn't let go.
  2. Kim evokes everything from "Seconds" to "Nip/Tuck" here, but his sureness of touch and lack of melodrama make the themes pertinent and vivid. A heartening step up from Kim's previous film, "The Bow."
  3. 88
    An uncanny and thoroughly creepy nip-yuck nightmare about plastic surgery and identity.
  4. 83
    Time could almost be written off as misogynistic, except that it's so specific about its rage. It's almost as though Kim was so fed up with having the same argument with his girlfriend, all he could do was make a movie.
  5. 80
    Simply put, Time is about the eternal war between infatuation and familiarity, and our irreconcilable need to find both in the same person. In other words, it's a parable about the root of human unhappiness.
  6. 80
    I'm not sure yet if Time is a masterwork, a deranged folly or just a showman's highly persuasive trick. Whatever else it is, it's a clean, economical and handsome film, terrifically acted, with a heart full of treachery and mystery.
  7. Mr. Kim flips between soapy melodrama and dry, self-aware comedy. The effect is thrilling and disorienting, like walking on a trampoline.
  8. 75
    Viewers in Gotham will be perplexed, frightened, disgusted - and, mostly, entertained.
  9. 75
    It's to the director's credit that despite its characters going off the deep end toward the end of the film, Time maintains its focus, setting up a mind-bending finale.
  10. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Time is more than reasonably diverting.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Kim is a hard director to pin down. This is the first time the inconsistency has spilled onto the screen, though.
  12. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Script is sometimes confusingly structured, and in its second half doesn't move as smoothly from scene to scene as in Kim's best pics.
  13. Time, Kim Ki-Duk's pointed commentary on surfaces and consumer fads -- with particular meaning for plastic-surgery-obsessed South Korea -- is as tautly ''pretty'' and inexpressive as the results for those who compulsively seek cosmetic perfection.
  14. More accessible than some of the filmmaker's more extreme work.

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