A Tale of Two Sisters
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

This supernatural horror film from Kim Jee-woon is inspired by the ancient Korean folktale "Jangha and Hongryun." Set in an isolated lakeside house, it begins with two young girls, Su-mi (Im Su-jung) and Su-yeon (Mun Geun-yeong),… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 13, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Restrained but disturbing, A Tale of Two Sisters is a creepily effective, if at times confusing, horror movie.

Time Out

The atmosphere of mounting dread is matched by just-right performances, design and camerawork.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

It may not be a pretty picture, but A Tale of Two Sisters is definitely a satisfying piece of less-is-more cinematic horror.

Josh Larsen

How much you appreciate the film will largely depend on how effective you feel its big revelation is.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

The film feels haunted by the relationship between Im and Moon, who cling to each other in the face of a hostile hostess, even though that may not be their best option.

John Terauds
Toronto Star

The gorgeous slow-moving cinematography by Lee Mogae is remarkable.

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...boasts a suffocating atmosphere and a disjointed storyline that turns the screws on your nerves while leaving you to puzzle over the plot

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Renee Graham
Boston Globe

There's a reason why Hollywood has been so busy in recent years remaking Asian horror movies. Scare for scare, they're generally better.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

The film seems unnecessarily vague on a rational level, but it's spot-on as a psychological study of a twinlike sibling relationship, and the ways in which memory can suppress trauma and soothe a mourning soul.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's truly a masterpiece in the end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Sometimes it is better for a film to be more straightforward in order to work, and this sinister Asian horror movie is ironically too unpredictable for its own… More
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Nani Vang
Great scary movie. Had a hard time falling asleep.
Lewis C.
The original South Korean movie that The Uninvited, an American horror movie from a few years ago, was based on. Both movies are about two sisters who have a… More
Edward Boxler
Unfolding like a Grimm fairy tale channeled through David Lynch, A Tale of Two Sisters is dreamlike, haunting, and thought provoking. Some of its plot points… More
Melvin White
Eun-ju: There's something strange in this house.† "Every family has their dark secrets" A Tale of Two Sisters is anything but what I thought it… More

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