"It’s a gorgeously and grippingly made picture and Tang Wei is magnificent."
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Crafted with unforced humor, ravishing visuals and commanding maturity, Decision to Leave intoxicates with its potent brew of love, emotional manipulation — or is it? —and obsession."
— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"Park comes through with his typically vibrant, inventive command of tone and camera. Virtually every composition and camera movement from DP Kim Ji-yong is gasp-inducing, aided by some truly exciting blocking from Park."
— Clint Worthington, Consequence
"Decision to Leave is a finely crafted film, with stellar performances from Park Hae-il (charming, and perfect as a detective torn between emotions and duty) and Tang Wei (also perfectly cast, lovely with a depth that’s just below the surface)."
— Alejandra Martinez, We Got This Covered
"After the world-conquering success of Bong Joon-ho’s 'Parasite' and the small-screen domination of 'Squid Game,' your new, sublimely accomplished Korean thriller obsession is here, and it is Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave."
— Jessica Kiang, Variety
"The shot-making is sensational, and the film knows it; the camera does things you’ve never seen before, say with focus in an interrogation room mirror, and the whole saga’s edited as though Park can’t wait to show you what’s up his sleeve."
— Tim Robey, The Telegraph
"The beauty of Decision to Leave is how Chan-wook can set his table with so many ideas, diversions, and elements, all making for an overly exquisite experience. Not only does Chan-wook blend detective mystery and romance, but Decision to Leave is weirdly funny, full of dark humor that fits in perfectly with everything else."
— Ross Bonaime, Collider
"Decision to Leave is ultimately a seductive romance, one made all the more fascinating by the boundaries the characters tread but never dare cross. Stories of longing are so tantalizing because they hang in that gray space of potential. The build-up is often more gratifying than the release, and Park wrings it for all its worth."
— Iana Murray, The Playlist
"With this seductive, serpentine neo-noir, Park Chan-wook raises the bar on the 2022 Cannes competition programme and reasserts his position as a peerless visual stylist. But there’s nothing superficial or superfluous about his style here: it’s all in the service of the film’s mercurial and at times disorientating blend of crime and passion."
— Wendy Ide, Screen Daily