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Old Partner Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

South Korean documentary-narrative hybrid centers on an aging couple and their ox.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 3, 2010
Jonathan F. Richards
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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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March 2, 2010
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Old Partner may strike some as sentimental and repetitious, but it's only because Lee has matched his style to the material.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 26, 2010
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

An unexpectedly absorbing look at determination in a vanishing way of life.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 14, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Too bad there isn't an Oscar for best performance by a beast of burden.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2010
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Poignant, well-shot and haunting, albeit somewhat repetitive at times.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 6.95/10

January 1, 2010
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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One does leave with a rarely vivid sense of the grind of time, in work and marriage.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 30, 2009
Louis Proyect

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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December 30, 2009
Kevin Lee
Time Out New York
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At its best, the film adopts its subjects' spartan demeanor, relying on wordless sequences that vividly depict the rhythms of farm labor...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2009
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2009
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