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The Yellow Sea Review

  • Release Date: Dec 02, 2011
  • Rated: Some Strong Sexuality, Brutal Bloody Violence, Nudity and Language
  • Runtime: 2 hr. 37 min.
  • Genres: Art House/Foreign, Suspense/Thriller
  • Cast:Ha Jeong-woo, Kim Yoon-seok. Full cast + crew

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    78

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Michael Atkinson

    If anything, Na's film is too much of a good thing, exceeding credibility too often (the punching-bag hero is far too lucky - good and bad - and absorbs a hilarious amount of punishment) in its pursuit of despairing violence. But that's the Korean way, and Na nails down the bottom feeder realism while slouching toward video-game hyperbole.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    Gushing more blood and possessing more stamina than any number of Hollywood hack-'em-ups, writer-director Na Hong-jin's pulse-pounding, mordantly funny genre piece is at times messily convoluted, yet serious and full-bodied enough to achieve a genuinely tragic dimension.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    Na captures at once the fragility of the human body and the deep-rooted darkness of the human soul. The Yellow Sea is easily one of the films of the year for underserved action-heads.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A rush of a movie from South Korea that slips and slides from horror to humor on rivers of blood and offers the haunting image of a man, primitive incarnate, beating other men with an enormous, gnawed-over meat bone.

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