Parasite

critic Reviews

99% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score99%
  • An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    [Bong Joon-ho]'s work is as playful as it is sincere and revelatory. He'll make you feel at home, and then rip the rug out from under you.
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    Ben CrollTheWrap
    Bong delivers a stunning return to form with this newest venture.
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    Rafer GuzmanNewsday
    An imaginative comedy-thriller with darkness at its core.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    A film that always has two thoughts in its head at once, a spectacular epic and tightly wound chamber piece, chicly sophisticated, brutal as a hammer.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    If the movie is a Rorschach of who you identify as parasite and host, it's a test you're just as likely to fail; a filmgoing experience that refuses to fit into any box, and forces viewers to breathe the dangerous air outside of it too.
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    Bob MondelloNPR
    Let's just say that by "Parasite's" conclusion, what started out as a comedy of manners has become a furious snarl of rage and his most arresting social satire yet.
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    Shikhar VermaHigh on Films
    Settling in for a narrative about a family trying to keep it together by overpowering the capitalistic battle, Bong Joon-ho has constructed a low-key tragic comedy that insists on being more than just that.
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    Sarah MusnickyNightmarish Conjurings
    PARASITE is Bong Joon Ho's masterpiece.
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    Jim RossCinetopia
    It's very rare a film makes a step-change in what is going on and the dynamics of the characters, and makes that work as well it does here.
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    Damon WiseUncut Magazine [UK]
    ...director Bong is also working on other levels, not only making all of its characters relatable - the Parks are really quite sweet people, if a little lacking in self-awareness - but telling his story with a healthy dose of uproarious slapstick.
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