"The cycle of strike and counterattack fuels some of the most emotionally and viscerally intense combat in memory. It's a brilliantly realized celluloid nightmare."
"This year's most controversial serious film… a brilliantly realized nightmare."
"I CAN'T THINK OF THE LAST AMERICAN FILM I SAW THAT ACTUALLY MADE ME SQUIRM IN MY SEAT WITH TENSION AND SUSPENSE, THE WAY I DID WITH I SAW THE DEVIL. It will leave you feeling adrenalized and aware that you've just seen something that's put you in touch with all of your senses."
"I SAW THE DEVIL" IS A MASTERPIECE OF ITS GENRE. Superbly acted, directed, filmed and composed. You won't soon forget it."
"BLOODY AND BOLD. The thing that sets the film apart is its undercurrent of real emotion."
"OPERATICALLY VIOLENT. Director Kim retains complete control of the film's fluctuating tones and impressive set pieces."
"ONE FANTASTICALLY HYPNOTIC MOVIE. I Saw the Devil cements Ji-Woon Kim’s place among the (young) modern masters. It may be the most hypnotic serial killer story since The Silence of the Lambs, and it's CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST THRILLERS I'VE SEEN IN A FEW YEARS."
"An unflinching gaze into the heart of pure evil and a perverse genre entertainment par excellence. It takes the serial-killer thriller as far into the realm of pulse-pounding mayhem as it has ever gone. Fans of hardcore Asian action and horror will simply eat it up."
"THE FIRST MUST SEE MOVIE OF 2011 FOR SURE."
"As a crafty thriller, as a brutal horror film, as an epic battle between the inexpressibly evil and the tragically dwindling good -- this is one fantastically hypnotic movie. It's certainly one of the best thrillers I've seen in a few years."
"9.5 out of 10. A hugely entertaining thriller. This is filmmaking on a whole new level. A masterpiece."
"9 out of 10. Nothing short of staggering. A cool, confident, and sometimes stunningly beautiful film."
"ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING. Shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished, it transcends the police procedural, pushing the boundaries of extreme Asian cinema in ways that will surprise and thrill fans of the genre."
"Damned if it isn’t riveting from the word ‘go’."
"THE TEXTBOOK DEFINITION OF AN INSTANT CULT CLASSIC."
I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge. The embodiment of pure evil, Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Juyeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun. Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun is determined to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind, as the lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse.