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The Age of Shadows Reviews

March 24, 2017
The action is lengthy but well constructed, particularly a sequence on a wood-panelled steam train, but the torture scenes and occasional severed toes may try some viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2017
At 140 minutes, The Age of Shadows is a film that peaks early and ends late. Still, there is an upside to this ponderousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2017
This film certainly believes in giving the audience bang for their buck: although it's a little over-extended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2017
The Age of Shadows is a giddily compelling South Korean movie about war, spies and resistance history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2017
This is pulsating storytelling, suspenseful and often very stylish too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2016
Kim sometimes loses the rhythm of his spy thriller, but he's such a confident filmmaker-and his leading man such a magnetic presence-that he quickly gets its back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2016
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more lavishly staged staged chunk of pulp nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 22, 2016
For this director, exposition can't hold a candle to elegantly staged shootouts. And who can blame him. He knows his strengths.
September 22, 2016
The screenwriters, Lee Ji-min and Park Jong-dae, embellish this crafty scenario with no shortage of ingenious complications, effectively doubling the number of double agents at every turn.
September 22, 2016
Patriotism and self-interest clash powerfully in "The Age of Shadows," a stylish and morally complex thriller set largely in Japanese-occupied 1920s Seoul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 22, 2016
Kim Jee-woon's gripping 1920s period piece isn't just an homage to older movies, even if it never goes anywhere you don't expect it to.
September 22, 2016
While the notion of a cop and perp who could be friends under different circumstances is nothing fresh, The Age Of Shadows puts its own spin on it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 21, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2016
Cult director Kim Jee-woon delivers the goods with an ultra-stylish cloak-and-dagger actioner set in 1920s Korea, under the Japanese occupation.