Nowhere to Hide
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Korean maverick auteur Lee Myung-Se directs this wildly exuberant, genre-crunching, police-comedy action flick. Held together with only the barest of plot elements, this film is a gleeful romp through a litany of film styles and references. Following a gangland murder in a popular Seoul shopping area, bumptious, cock-sure detective Woo ( Lee regular Park Joong Hoon) and his marginally more contemplative partner Kim (Jang Dong-gun) comb the city for the killer (former heartthrob Ahn Sung-Ki). Woo stumbles from one jaw-dropping sequence of stylized violence to another until he has his final… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is flash in the service of nothing, the proverbial sow's ear doing an indifferent imitation of a silk purse."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Lee can't tell a story to save his life, but he's something of a visual magician, laying out glittering piles of goodies that you instinctively want to follow."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"The shots may look cool, but their artiness prevents the film from building momentum."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"There's an exuberant, (post)modernity about the visuals -- the camera is never still and Lee's choice of angle is often inspired."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"It is an over-stylized film that lacks, oddly enough, a sense of style."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Apollo Guide
"The film often churns with the pleasure that visual stimulation can provide and more affection for the bang-bang techniques than you're likely to see in the movies of music-video directors simply making the jump to the big screen."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"Nowhere to Hide may not be devoid of substance, but beneath the virtuoso finish it's rotten to the core."
‑ Steve Erickson, Chicago Reader
"The bottom line is that Lee's innovative but ultimately tedious and even ludicrous MTV-style visuals add absolutely nothing to the story dynamics."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A skinny little mediocrity of a film, all dressed up with no place to go, except towards more violence."
‑ Michael Thomson,
"Park is the reason the new Korean film Nowhere to Hide works so well."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Reveals that in Lee Myung-Se Korea has a filmmaker with enough razzle-dazzle and visceral appeal to rival Hong Kong's -- and Hollywood's -- John Woo."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Myung-se usa o seu fiapo de roteiro para nos lembrar da velha máxima de que Cinema é, de fato, Imagem; e o resultado é um filme que contrasta os personagens falhos e incompetentes a um incrível virtuosismo visual e à trilha surpreendente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Too often the film and its visuals feel [like] disconnected, self-indulgent set pieces."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"Of course, there's no real story here, unless you want to hear the one about the self-obsessed filmmaker who thought this project would be cool."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Don't look for a complex plot -- it's nowhere to be found in Nowhere to Hide. But with this much visual style, who needs it?"
‑ , E! Online
More reviews for Nowhere to Hide on Rotten Tomatoes