"What emerges is quite extraordinary."
— Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Suspenseful, surprising, and psychologically rich."
— David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A powerful, slow-burning portrait of human fallibility."
— Derek Elley, Variety
"An involving and skillfully mounted film from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho that's based on a true story."
— Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair."
— Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"A haunting score and beautifully atmospheric cinematography by Kim Hyung-gu round out the achievements of this unique and engaging Korean thriller."
— Mariko McDonald, Film Threat
"How the hell does a film this tonally out there, with characters this lunkheaded and at times even cruel and hateful, manage to be so indescribably moving?"
— Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
"Powerful, unrelenting, and with excellent performances — especially from Song who is never less than outstanding — Memories of Murder is unforgettable and justifiably described as a masterpiece."
— Linda Barnard, Original-Cin
"It's an altogether remarkable piece of work, deepening the genre while whipping its skin off, satirizing an entire nation's nearsighted apathy as it wonders, almost aloud, about the nature of truth, evidence, and social belonging."
— Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"What's most remarkable about it is the way Bong builds real suspense and plays the chilling moments straight while leaving himself room for nonsense and horseplay. He seems completely at ease with the marriage of the silly with the serious. Only time can reveal whether he's a master filmmaker, but this, at least, is a masterful performance."
— Wesley Morris, Boston Globe