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Secret Sunshine Reviews

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Josh Larsen
November 6, 2013
The amount of tragedy delivered by this story would feel abusive if a lesser talent was at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
It quickly dawns as to why Jeon won so many awards for this performance...
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 4, 2011
In a performance as raw and naked as I can recall seeing, Jeon navigates the ebbs and flows of Shin-ae's grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 3, 2011
There is a natural tendency to appreciate movies that are neat and concise. "Secret Sunshine" makes a striking argument for the antithesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 29, 2010
Superbly observed study of a woman's tortured spiritual odyssey, filled with honest drama, unexpected humor and brilliant revelations.
Christopher Null
December 23, 2010
a wrenching, darkly comic and immersive work
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 23, 2010
It doesn't touch the heart as much as it thinks it does.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 22, 2010
Profoundly moving, intelligent and unflinching. It boasts a brave, emotionally devastating performance by Jeon Do-yeon.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.921/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 22, 2010
The cinematic equivalent of prose that is clear, elegant and lyrical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 21, 2010
Buried in the year-end rush but one of the year's best films.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 21, 2010
Secret Sunshine is a frequently beautiful film with a cold, dark heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Louis Proyect
December 21, 2010
Brilliantly written, acted and directed, this is a work that evokes the Russian novel despite being a Korean film. Treats larger questions of life and death in the serious manner that they deserve.
Nora Lee Mandel
December 21, 2010
[S]low portrait of damaged woman struggling against community expectations reveals universality [in] extraordinary Do-yeon who dramatically shifts gears again [and again].
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 5, 2010
An exemplary examination of coping that expands to entail questions of morality, absolution and faith.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
It is unlikely you are going to see a more palpable portrayal of grief this year than Jeon Do-yeon's magnificent perfomance as Shin-ae in this Korean drama of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 6, 2007
A secular hymn to the small triumphs and cavernous tragedies of the everyday, and to our awesome ability to cope.
Eric Campos
Film Threat
November 13, 2007
Perfect for those wishing to enjoy a nice traumatizing time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 20, 2007
This exploration of grief in contemporary South Korea plods along adequately and intelligently.
George Wu
October 17, 2007
Can a movie traumatize you in a good way?
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 9, 2007
Even as the film piles awkwardness and suffering upon its character, it never feels exploitative or emotionally manipulative, maintaining a restrained tone entirely devoid of melodrama.
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