Wesley R. Ball’s review published on Letterboxd:
I really don't think I could get too deep into Chan-wook Park's The Handmaiden without going into spoilers that I would feel terrible giving away, so all I'll say is this. If you want to get the best bits of a Hitchcockian romantic thriller with a lesbian twist and significantly more plot turns, it won't get any better than this. It's stunning and mesmerizing, with dreamlike cinematography that radiates the mammoth power that Park has in each of his films. Its slow burn at the start creeps into your mind, leaving you waiting for the moment for everything to erupt from its dramatic tension. And believe me, when it does, no matter how ready you think you may be for it to go down, you won't be. Expect the unexpected. The Handmaiden is Chan-wook Park playing 4D chess with your mind- its beauty is found in its madness, in his traditional fashion, further proving himself as the best director in South Korean cinema.