Beasts Clawing at Straws

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    Cary DarlingHouston Chronicle
    "Beasts Clawing at Straws" is obvious in its influences - a little Coen Brothers here, a little Tarantino there, all seasoned with a sprinkling of Hitchcock paranoia - but Yong-hoon manages to give them his own twist.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    It's a wicked, twist-filled winner.
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    Jay WeissbergVariety
    "Beasts Clawing at Straws" could just as well be called "Beasts Toying with Clichés" if it weren't such an amusing, echt Korean romp.
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    Wendy IdeScreen International
    This almost Coen-sian tale of ordinary folks undone by greed is a lot smarter than than its occasionally crude execution would have you believe.
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    Neil YoungHollywood Reporter
    Beasts Clawing At Straws demands attention and patience, but thus happily ends up amply rewarding both.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    ... a satisfying crime caper with elements of cruel black comedy whose sometimes grungy action is leavened by the garish neon hues of harbor city Pyeongtaek at night.
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    Tom MeekCambridge Day
    Beasts is a frenetic and stylistic burn, with much credit due to Do-yeon for her fiery X-factor.
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    Robin CliffordReeling Reviews
    There is an assured feel to this debut by filmmaker Kim and shows he has a deft hand at both action and comedy. I look forward to his next.
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    John UrbancichYour Movies (cleveland.com)
    Pickled cabbage might be a perfect spicy snack for this multicourse, subtitled meal of a little Tarantino here, some Coen Brothers in the middle, and perhaps even a bit of Bong Joon-ho on the side.
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    Alan NgFilm Threat
    Many of the paths are somewhat predictable, but there are enough important twists to catch you off guard.
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