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Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide "indispensable" luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.

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Watching that drama -- the bricks sort of build and then topple -- is so satisfying.

February 14, 2020 | Full Review…
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[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.

February 12, 2020 | Rating: 5/5

Bong delivers a stunning return to form with this newest venture.

February 11, 2020 | Full Review…
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An imaginative comedy-thriller with darkness at its core.

February 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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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.

February 5, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

December 11, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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