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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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"The Age of Shadows" is a film destined to succeed, commercially, since it includes a favorite theme, some of S. Korea's most popular actors, and a rather large budget that was implemented wisely, and artistically, due to the masterful direction
With stellar performances, thrilling set-pieces, masterful storytelling and top-notch production values, The Age of Shadows is a must-see for anyone who loves period films, spy thrillers and cloak-and-dagger flicks. Highly recommended.
Kim Jee-woon's political piece is played like an American gangster drama, with all the cliches that suggests... Kim Jee-woon's political piece is played like an American gangster drama, with all the cliches that suggests.
Never decaying in pace, the film provides us with thrilling Hitchcockian sequences on a train, suspenseful ambushes, treacherous inside men working in the shadows, and incredible shootouts at the sound of Louis Armstrong.
A complex film with Je-woon's unexpected vocation of classicism, the film reaches its particular peak of brilliance in the long stretch that takes place inside a train where persecutors and resistant converge. [Full review in Spanish]
It's all wonderfully stylish and handsome - the train sequence in particular may send some viewers into an aesthetic swoon - but it's also a bit stately, which isn't great for sustaining intrigue and/or tension.