Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok)
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South Korea in 1986 under the military dictatorship: Two rural cops and a special detective from the capital investigate a series of brutal rape murders. Their rude measures become more desperate with each new corpse found.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What's singular in all this is the director's angle into the material, which is subtle, difficult to pin down, elusive."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Superb police procedural film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It plays as quite a refreshing take on this style, and, except for the heavy handed ending, proves to be an enjoyable and provocative flick, definitely worth seeking out."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"...merits mention alongside Silence of the Lambs and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...offers an incisive analysis of the culture that produced the crime."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"An involving and skillfully mounted film from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho that's based on a true story."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Memories of Murder is such a taut, effective thriller it's a shame you have to read subtitles to gauge just how good a movie it is."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Joon-ho Bong lets viewers fall into the cops' frustrations, but these detectives are dogged, not downtrodden. "Memories" shows their lives, however tortured, outside the case - like "Heat" without antagonistic rivalries or a more political "Zodiac.""
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Almost single-handedly resuscitates the moribund serial killer genre."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Low-key, unassuming, and crafty in the way it slowly gets under your skin, Memories of Murder is a sly and smart thriller."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Bong not only has an eye for beauty there are some gorgeous shots of the country's farmland but for the absurd."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Establishes Bong as a helmer with a distinct vision of his own, supported by a strong cast that's totally at one with the material."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"A much better movie than the more recent and more heralded "Mother", another movie about a killer."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Utiliza seu mistério (real) envolvendo o primeiro serial killer sul-coreano para fazer um forte comentário político e, no processo, cria uma narrativa tensa (mas também divertida) povoada de personagens tragicamente ineptos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A great opening and...a visceral, heartbreaking ending"
‑ George Wu,
More reviews for Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) on Rotten Tomatoes

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