Raphael Georg Klopper’s review published on Letterboxd:
This gotta be one of the best slow-burns movies made in recent memories (this is a compliment far from being another awfull pun regarding this title I swear), at least one of those that fully commits to that type of building narrative structure and fully embraces it, showned in its beautifully slow and meditave pacing. Both well edited and written in a way to never make it feel like is trying to be some pretentiouns artsie, and rather a well constructed and natural antecipation of what is to come that its narrative so much strives for. But never to a point to let you feel that this is some sort of pseudo-intellectual direction work to make it look bigger and more meaningful than it actually is, and yet delivers on all of those big pretentious subtly through its small fully complex lines.
Or at least enough to leave you constantly guessing where and what in the hell the plot is going to take us. That starts looking like a urban teen romance like a Wong Kar Wai kind of movie, to soon reveal more dark nuances while taking us along with them without ever understanding at first what does it all mean. Having as their stage of unfolding, this kind of scary, depressing and relatably universal, modern reality where wealth and poverty not only leave nearby in a close relationship of control and subtle abuse, but also dictates maybe what is even real or not.
Either that be broken memories of a forgotten past, an unrequited or expressed love for someone, while also showing that we are individually unraveling the inner suffering of despair of both loosing track of our lifes and what we trully are. Meanwhile others possessed with the delusion sense of superiority over others lifes always habits nearby, delaying and robbing our lifes to unfold.
If vou are able to see the originality of this premisse and how it serves as a great metaphor about modern milenal existence and also about the loosing track of human life, that really keeps you guessing whose really to blame, them you can really see how harsh and emotionally brutal Chang-Dong Lee's film can really be. What makes this a somewhat great murder mistery thriller, just as much its also a powerfull drama about how us as individuals are able to measure our existence and reality based on what we own and what we hold dear, before despair can take over command of our actions. I wouldn't be surprised if this gets to be recognized as a masterpiece with the years to come.