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The Housemaid

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Sang-soo Im

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About the Movie

A favorite at this year’s Cannes, Toronto and Fantastic Fest film festivals, THE HOUSEMAID is a stylish, sexy thriller about an innocent young woman caught in the twisted web of a rich family's games. Eun-yi (Cannes Best Actress winner Jeon Do-youn of SECRET SUNSHINE) is hired as a nanny in an lavish mansion by businessman Hoon (Lee Jung-jae) and his very pregnant wife, Hae-ra (Seo Woo). When Eun-yi is seduced by the father of the house, she becomes the unwitting victim in a series of traps laid by the women of the house—Hae-ra, her villainous mother (Park Ji-young), and their seemingly loyal but increasingly bitter housekeeper (Yun Yeo-jong). Intensely erotic and fiendishly entertaining, THE HOUSEMAID builds to an unforgettable climax as Eun-yi must outwit them and escape their schemes to protect her sanity—and her life—from the vicious family.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 67
  • Fresh: 49
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Im's voluptuous visual palette combined with the dexterity of his cast is enough to hold your interest and, at times, to make you hold your breath. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jan 20, 2011

Fresh: There's something nicely kinky in this lusciously photographed erotic Korean thriller by Im Sang-soo - at least for those who don't compare it to the far kinkier, out-there 1960 original by Kim Ki-young. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 20, 2011

Fresh: Even with the piece wobbling between dark psychology and campy soap, the cast is compelling as it navigates the uncertainty. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Jan 27, 2011

Rotten: Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid either doesn't know what it wants to be, or is trying to be too many things at once. Few films can claim to be over-ambitious and half-hearted at the same time, but there you go. – Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, Oct 20, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Insanely stupid

Depressing in the extreme. This isn't a sexy thriller. Its a sick waste of time. Its disgusting how pseudo-intellectual critical drivel can drive such a non-entity of a film to people's screens.

The Housemaid

Despite being subtitled--which was not distracting at all--this movie was intriguing. Yes, it is sad and depressing--be prepared! But, what the movie does is give you a view of innocence stolen. My pity for the character was at first minimal because I felt her decisions lacked any intelliegence. However, if you step back and consider the plausibility--there are people that cannot see evil coming their way. Certainly, very few (if any) people go down this path--but this movie hits the mark in making you look at the sadness of emotional weakness. Janet

Not worth the trouble of watching

Cinematography is nice in this movie, but the complements stop here. Characters are unnatural and the plot is just a disaster. And, if you're drawn to the promise of erotica, then prepare to see something disfunctional in the deepest sense. At least sleazy porn will get the job done...

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