Old Partner Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 3, 2010
South Korean documentary-narrative hybrid centers on an aging couple and their ox.
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March 2, 2010
Even at a modest 78 minutes, there's a little too much slowness and repetitiveness to this off-beat documentary. But then, how fast can you expect a 40-year-old ox to move?
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
February 26, 2010
Old Partner may strike some as sentimental and repetitious, but it's only because Lee has matched his style to the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
January 14, 2010
An unexpectedly absorbing look at determination in a vanishing way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 1, 2010
Too bad there isn't an Oscar for best performance by a beast of burden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 1, 2010
Old Partner isn't entirely the story of man and ox shuffling off into the sunset together. It's also the story of poverty, sacrifice, physical agony, and very real emotional tumult.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 1, 2010
Poignant, well-shot and haunting, albeit somewhat repetitive at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.95/10
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 30, 2009
One does leave with a rarely vivid sense of the grind of time, in work and marriage.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 30, 2009
An outstanding documentary about a kind of farming that is disappearing everywhere, leaving in its wake in this particular instance the bonds between an elderly man and his prized ox, the "old partner" of the title.
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Kevin Lee
Time Out
December 30, 2009
At its best, the film adopts its subjects' spartan demeanor, relying on wordless sequences that vividly depict the rhythms of farm labor...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
December 27, 2009
The film's unrelenting presentation of raw misery not only shortchanges the fullness of the subjects' experience, but with its hovering, pitch-perfect camera-eye, feels dangerously like an invasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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