(2001)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
The film is filled with lovely images (Kim studied painting in France), and ultimately becomes, against all expectations, quite moving.
70
Beautifully shot and lushly scored, this may be one of the least P.C. love stories ever filmed. But it's one of the most deeply felt.
67
Uncompromising, unpleasant and emotionally brutal, this twisted love story of emotional bondage is oddly compelling.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Low, mean and depressingly plausible.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
The filmmaker's attempt to explore the outer boundaries of erotic and violent obsession are undone by the murkiness of the execution, and only the highly committed and forceful performances by the two leads give the aptly titled Bad Guy any distinction.
50
Certainly offbeat, but not on a level with director Kim's previous work about marginalized people.
42
Entertainment Weekly
Really, who needs a bad guy who's this guilty about being bad?
40
A well-told tale that uses minimal dialogue, striking imagery, and vivid violence to weave a depressing portrait of obsessive love and a no-win battle of wills.
38
New York Daily News
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk does a bizarre riff on the twisted macho ethos of abusing women until they learn to love you.
25
New York Post
Becomes more and more confused, unpleasant and preposterous.

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