Planet of Snail Reviews

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 29, 2012
It's almost as if the images and sounds most of us are constantly bombarded with only serve to distract from a primal, tactile experience of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2012
"Planet of Snail" is simple, direct and magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
September 4, 2012
Both modest and awe-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 26, 2012
Gentle, simply told love stories are as rare in documentaries these days as they are in narrative film. That alone makes Yi Seung-jun's "Planet of Snail" a standout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2012
A rare nonfiction romance film [about] a couple worth comparing your own marriage or partnership to, and the film is a wonderful, poetic portrait of true love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 25, 2012
"Planet of Snail" offers a precious moment of clarity and simplicity amid a chaotic and poisonous summer, and tells an unforgettable love story to boot.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
July 25, 2012
With little story to speak of, Planet Of Snail is more of an experiential piece, closing in on the pleasure and wonder with which Young-chan takes in details like rain falling outside the window and the bark of a tree.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 25, 2012
A deeply moving documentary about love, living with disabilities, savoring the senses, and being present.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 24, 2012
Above all, this beautifully photographed documentary is a poetic meditation on refined sensory perception.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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July 24, 2012
A portrait of practical symbiosis in both domestic and emotional terms.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
July 24, 2012
An unadorned, unsentimental portrait of a marriage, Yi Seung-jun's documentary Planet of Snail celebrates the daily life of an exceptionally collaborative couple.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 24, 2012
The spirit of the movie is nonjudgmental, an observational intimacy that, in turn, becomes inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
July 22, 2012
Even with the heaviness of some of its subject matter, the doc remains limpid and unsentimental until the very end, in keeping with its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jennifer Merin
About.com
June 26, 2012
An exquisite documentary about an extraordinary love.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
June 24, 2012
An absolute gem.
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
June 22, 2012
Neither the subject nor director ask for sympathy; what emerges is a nuanced hymn to the human spirit that still saddens, even when it inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
June 22, 2012
This is a unique love story with a universal resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 21, 2012
The senses of taste, smell and touch aggregate to create a new perceptual cosmos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Davina Quinlivan
Little White Lies
June 21, 2012
Life-affirming and delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
June 19, 2012
It's very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sight and Sound
June 26, 2012
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