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Parasite (Gisaengchung)

A peculiar tale about two families who are worlds apart yet somewhat alike portrays a striking reality of the world we live in. Gi Taek (Song Kang Ho) and his family are all unemployed. When his eldest son, Gi Woo (Choi Woo Shik), begins to give private lessons at the house of a man named Park (Lee Sun Gyun), the two families start to interact in unexpected ways.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter
"A mostly successful detour into morally complex social realism (...) Gripping and finely crafted."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Jessica Kiang
"Bong is back and on brilliant form, but he is unmistakably, roaringly furious, and it registers because the target is so deserving, so enormous, so 2019: “Parasite” is a tick fat with the bitter blood of class rage."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Bradley Warren
The Playlist
"A consistently entertaining film that takes up the stratification of Korean society as its target. A demented and often-uproarious class-conscious satire, 'Parasite' falls slightly short of Bong’s greatest work."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"The giddy, brilliant, and totally unclassifiable 'Parasite' proves that Bong Joon-ho has become a genre unto himself (...) [It] takes all of the beats you expect to find in a Bong film and shrinks them down with clockwork precision."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
"I staggered out of the theater thrilled by 'Parasite's singular vision, yes, but also feeling pretty wrecked (...) There’s an anger at work in the film, but what’s more effective is its ruefulness"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Serena Fisher
Bloody Disgusting
"A unique piece of work that never remains confined to just one genre (...) [It] will stick with you long after the end credits roll and remain under your skin (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ben Croll
The Wrap
"[A] genre-bending dark comedy with searing class consciousness"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"It is an enjoyable, elegant, scabrous movie about a mix of servitude and trickery that is an interesting theme in Korean cinema (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
"The dazzling social-satire-cum-home-invasion-drama we need right now. (...) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"'Parasite's grip on its point is so tight, you can sometimes feel it around your own neck (...) It’s a film that burrows under your skin and sinks in its teeth (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Jonathan Romney
"A vigorous and tightly controlled comedy that sees him [Joon-ho] back on top form, with a story that’s both rigorously achieved and very specifically Korean.  POS
AustraliaAustralia M
Craig Mathieson
"[A] masterfully thrilling dissection of capitalism’s flaws (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
AustraliaAustralia F
Wenlei Ma
"This is 2019’s first true masterpiece movie. It’s, in a word, perfect (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
AustraliaAustralia M
DM Bradley
The Adelaide Review
"[It] is amongst the most beautifully-made, uncomfortably funny and dangerous movies of the year."  POS
AustraliaAustralia M
Jake Wilson
The Age
"As always, Bong’s formal choices are close to impeccable (...) That he never shirks his responsibilities as an entertainer is part of what makes his work so disquieting (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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