Okja (2017)

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja--a massive animal and an even bigger friend--at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 28, 2017
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2017
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Okja sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment -- and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act.

Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Pitch-black satire, heartwarming devotion, over-the-top performance, and subtle drama are engineered into something decidedly (if improbably) delicious.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

It's a sublime tale of the value of humanity, and the horrors we often have to suffer through to hold on to that.

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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

A towering accomplishment that could potentially change people's outlooks on flesh consumption

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

What makes the jumble cohere, as usual with Bong, is his extraordinary grasp of space and speed, especially in the Korean half of the film.

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Zach Schonfeld

It's a testament to Bong's sprawling ambition that Okja manages to be so many things at once -- a caustic satire of corporate evil, an intercontinental action/adventure epic, a coming-of-age narrative for the girl.

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Cole Smithey

"Okja" is an effective piece of filmic political satire that can now only be viewed in the context of the pressures mounted against it. As is life, it's good to know who your enemies are.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The best parts of the movie are also the least wacky.

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Andrew Lapin

The film shares Bong's casual ping-ponging of tones, his fascination with picking at society's many scabs, and the way his films frequently skid into violence and cruelty without warning.

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Daniel de Partearroyo
Cinemanía (Spain)

... a playful and fast-paced adventure that makes its environmentalist message and stance against animal abuse in the food industry clear. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite the overacting and lack of subtlety, this is a touching film that benefits from astonishing visual effects and offers a welcome ecological message about… More
Spencer Macklin
Feels culturally relevant and well acted. Could've used a tad more subtlety dealing with this message, but it was still worth the watch. Animal lovers… More
KJ Proulx
This is just about as subjective as you can get when coming up with a premise for a film. This is one of the most original films you will see all year, by far,… More
Kevin Mozulay
Okja takes the meaning of "man's best friend" to new heights: except this time the man is a young Korean girl, and the best friend is a massive… More
Jens S.
The director's former works should have been a warning not to expect a regular "girl befriends special creature" movie, but the beginning still… More
Brendan Nicholls
This was quite an achievement for the Netflix team and gives other filmmakers an artistic outlet for out there concepts. The cast gives great performances that… More