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Poetry Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Film Threat
October 25, 2011
Lee is concerned with beauty in much the same way a philosopher might be -- its transcendent nature, its presence in nearly everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Julian Ross
Electric Sheep
July 27, 2011
[Yun Jung-hee's] quiet gestures, gentle gaze and tender pose transform themselves into stanzas as they rhyme with Lee's cinema.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 7, 2011
Completely engrossing.
Carmen Gray
Total Film
July 27, 2011
Devoid of the ultra-violence so often associated with Korean cinema, Poetry is quiet and unhurried, making its portrait of social bleakness all the more impactful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
But what's so surprising about Poetry is Lee's unassuming mastery over the elements therein.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2011
Mija, at the center, is perhaps determined to not fill her remaining memories with despair, and to avoid adding to the sum of the world's misery. Maybe it's as simple as that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 4, 2011
Now is the time to bestow on yourself the gift of one of the most, well, poetic films of 2010. And by "poetic," we mean rich with soulful pauses that are at once visual and aural and deeply observant of the dance of routine and quiet surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2011
This is a small film. It is also a great one. "Great" is a word I don't use often.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Aldridge
Radio Times
July 28, 2011
Yoon's performance, nuanced and subtle, is superb, while the film is long and languid so adjustments and allowances must be made both for its pace and, at times, for its poetry. But the effort is well worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 29, 2011
Like the flowing waters in its opening shot, Poetry is a beautiful film that carries us along slowly, subtly, yet unrelentingly.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Has a strong flavor of daytime-drama soap.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 18, 2011
Like a great poem, it challenges you to ponder it and help create its meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
February 9, 2011
Lee Chang-dong's perceptive drama about a woman facing the onset of Alzheimer's as well as a torrid family crisis is keenly acted but meandering.
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
July 28, 2011
From Alzheimer's, rape and suicide, Lee has created real poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
January 4, 2012
Those with an eye for reading between the lines can find layers of meaning.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 10, 2011
Ms. Yun's performance [is] a tour de force of emotional complexity that builds through restraint and, like Mr. Lee's unadorned visual style, earns rather than demands your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
May 4, 2011
At the end of this film, the significance of Mija's experience is felt in full, creeping up on the viewer in a manner that mirrors the effect of great creative writing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 5, 2011
Absolutely captivating... stimulating even though it really does seem like it ought to be sedative.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 31, 2011
A beautifully acted, deeply moving tale that brings a lump to the throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 11, 2011
What saved Poetry for me is the brilliant, lyrical and powerful way that Lee manages to sum up all his themes during the final few minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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