• Cinematic Cardboard

    ★★★½

    Bong Joon-Ho's directorial feature debut Barking Dogs Never Bite is an impressive first feature from one of Korea's most famous filmmakers. With his debut feature, Bong displays confidence with how he approaches the dark humor in this movie through visual gags and shocking moments. The movie also has a lot of energy throughout with its energetic and free-flowing jazz score accompanying multiple chase sequences through the tight staircase and hallways of the apartment complex. Just like Bong's other films, he…

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  • Jake Lee

    ★★★½

    Delightfully macabre, Bong's directorial debut features an absurdist's tale that explores the lives of unfortunate souls in a high-rise building. Even though the pacing is a slow-burn, the movie delves into the moral and communal complexities of living in one of these compact spaces in the city.

    Bong weaves memorable characters together from different hierarchy, placing them in interesting scenarios to see them wrestle with their conscience. And his style of dark comedy derives from unhappy, incompetent people who wants…

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  • Bsmith8168

    ★★★½

    Bong Joon-Ho's black comedy debut is a glimpse into what is to come for this now renowned Korean filmmaker.  The plot is a little all over the place involving a man that is feed up with a neighbor's nonstop barking dog, which he decides to take care of.  What happens next is a strange mix of interactions with other characters that involve more dog violence and eating on some occasions.  This film is definitely not for everyone, don't let the…

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  • shanul hashmi

    ★★★½

    Bong's debut is a dark comedy that's not for everyone. Doona Bae is always interesting.

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  • Fox Mulder

    ★★★★★

    I've seen this movie four times but never logged it

    Once we ran together like this

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  • Matt Mahoney

    ★★★½

    Bong Joon-ho’s Slacker. Ever wonder what it is that makes him such a unique filmmaker? Look no further than Barking Dogs (although definitely watch everything he’s ever made). This is a man who thought the best way to introduce himself to the world was by making a movie about a man who doesn’t just hate dogs, he throws them off buildings, he locks them in basements, and in the very first five minutes is ready to hang one by its…

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  • bananut

    ★★★★½

    I love how grounded in reality Bongs movies are. Sometimes it's the small things that make a movie great.

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  • PadulaMateo

    ★★★★

    que increíble este coreanito loco

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  • Randall West

    ★★★★

    The fifteen minute resolution after Doona Bae's rooftop-confetti-dog-rescue is a tad belabored, but the action preceding it is so delightful it's hard to be upset with the prolonged coda. Like the Hong Kong filmmakers before them, South Korean directors have managed to revitalized the art of the visual gag, and almost every laugh here is earned through editing, framing, or blocking (or all-the-above). I was hooked after the opening sequence clearly set up an obvious gag (spoiler: it was clearly…

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  • Alex

    ★★★

    Pretty slow and quite boring, this is Bong Joon-ho's first film so i wasn't expecting it to blow me away. It has an interesting concept but the comedy just never hit for me. It is well shot though.

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  • Matt Fisher

    ★★½

    The #1 technique for me to check-out emotionally from a movie is show mistreatment of animals, especially pets. There's basically a 100% chance that I won't find it amusing or interesting or worthy of my attention and I'll put up a barrier between me and everything I see and judge the movie on a purely clinical basis.

    This was a well directed movie.

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  • Sara Foss

    ★★★

    Bong Joon-ho's debut is bursting with creativity and dark humor. It's also a bit exhausting.

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