Pieta (2013)

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is the acclaimed film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring; 3-Iron). In this intense and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 17, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It lacks subtlety and depth of character, but Pieta gets by with committed performances and a darkly ambitious, deceptively simple message.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

There is a touch too much of the handheld camera, but in general one senses that the very quality of the way this film was made is one of its justifications for being and for its raw moments.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Fascination returns at the stirring climax, when the plot neatly twists and the film's apparently simple message turns deeper, and blacker.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

It's agonising to watch the two lead performers going deep into the sludge.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

After being subjected to disturbing scenes of abject cruelty, rape and torture, my reactions shifted from squeamish revulsion to a reluctant yet growing appreciation for Kim's thematic ambition.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A mother's love for her child takes on brutal new meaning in Pieta, a film by Kim Ki-duk that's as hard to watch as it is to forget.

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Simon Miraudo

A vicious, torture-happy debt collector with some severe sexual peccadilloes is, erm, softened by the return of his estranged mother in Kim Ki-duk's deeply unsettling Pieta.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

The film's big reveal may not come as that much of a surprise; you may figure out where it's going well before the end. But it's the getting there that is, if not exactly fun, then certainly hypnotic.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Like many South Korean films, revenge is a major theme here, although the way Kim handles it is particularly subtle and surprising: It sneaks up on you.

Tom Clift

Possesses a sad, quiet power. Kim's film isn't as a cool as those made by his compatriots. But it is, in its own way, just as memorable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The overwhelming dramatic strength of this gut-wrenching tale of revenge makes us forgive its undeniable lack of subtlety (especially regarding its social and… More
Caesar Mendez
For those who might not know Pieta (pity in English) is the first Korean film to win the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. Not only that,… More
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'Pieta'. A delightfully twisted revenge tale and economic parable! A mother always lends a helping hand to her son. The camera work turning… More
Jesse Ortega
Not the first time I've said this, and it's very unlikely it'll be the last, but Korea is the land 1001 revenge thrillers. Thematically, while… More
Walter M.
In "Pieta," Gang-Do(Jeong-jin Lee) is a thug who collects for a loan shark. When the customers cannot pay the loan back in a month with 1000%… More
Daniel Parsons
Fascinating, blackly funny and often disturbing film from Kim Ki-Duk, with larger political and social themes at play in the background, and a parable-like… More