Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)

A woman looks for both revenge and redemption after spending 13 years in prison in this offbeat thriller from South Korea. Lee Geum-ja (Lee Yeong-ae) was in her early twenties when she was found guilty of kidnapping and killing a young boy,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stylistically flashy and gruesomely violent, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance fits in nicely with the other two films of Park's revenge trilogy.

Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

... as brutal as it is beautiful.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Because I am a connoisseur of art cinema, my feelings about Lady Vengeance are complex. Some parts I liked; some parts I didn't.

Nick Rogers

As a man is made to mediate the terms of his own murder, Park Chan-wook offers a perfect resolution to his "Vengeance" trilogy: an acutely agonizing elegy for whatever shred of humanity is left after the impulse for vengeance has worked itself out.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Squanders plot impetus, and even with constant crosscutting it's lethargically paced, slogging through soap-operatic back stories and maddening irrelevancies.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

Pound-of-flesh cinema, you might say.

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Fernando F. Croce

Talks Sin and Salvation while spending all his creative energies on debasing gags and sneering wide-angle shots

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The films strain to present some kind of moral compass, a philosophy of revenge's human toll. But in the end, their sadistic glee in creative bloodshed trumps all.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Apart from Park's impressive but ultimately hollow style (his images are impeccably composed and visually inventive), Lady Vengeance is still an exercise in wretched excess (though less extreme than its predecessors).

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Cole Smithey

Park Chanwook works his Grand Guignol sense of humor against Korean social conditions to effect a call-and-response logic to the metaphoric and literal things that happen onscreen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
The final part of Chan-wook Park's vengeance trilogy sees an angelic looking young woman imprisoned for the kidnap and murder of a young child. Upon her… More
Alex roy
Building up where OldBoy left off, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is a fine conclusion to Chan Wook Park Vengeance trilogy. This is a well crafted third part that… More
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Randy Tippy
The third and final offering in Chan Wook Park's trilogy of terror. Artfully dark and violent.
Chris Weber
A young woman sets out for revenge and redemption after serving 13 years in prison for a grim crime. Why she sets out revenge is something I don't want to… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Listen carefully. Everyone make mistakes. But if you committed a sin, you have to make an atonement for that sin. Atonement, do you know what… More