Blake Crane reviews “The Villainess” for Film Pulse


Two outstanding, seemingly single-take action sequences bookend The Villainess, but the strong first and last impressions can’t make up for a shapeless, meandering middle. Although the occasional impalement or spurting wound spices things up a bit, director Jung Byung-gil’s tale of an unstoppable female assassin pauses way too frequently to focus on an uninteresting, confused narrative that’s way more complicated than it needs to be and, also, not nearly as profound as it pretends to be.


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