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The Way Home (Jibeuro)

The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 14

A simple story told with much warmth and compassion.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 5

A simple story told with much warmth and compassion.



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A youngster learns a valuable lesson about family, friendship, and love in this family drama from South Korea. Sang-woo (Yu Seung-ho) is a seven-year-old boy whose parents are divorced, and whose Mother (Dong Hyo-heui) has decided she needs a break from parenthood for the summer. Mother sends Sang-woo to the country to spend some time with his Grandmother (Kim Eul-bun), who is quite old, in poor health, and cannot speak. Sang-woo doesn't much care for his Grandmother, and prefers to spend his

May 6, 2003


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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (14) | DVD (5)

Thanks to confident filmmaking and a pair of fascinating performances, the way to that destination is a really special walk in the woods.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Eul-Boon Kim's soulful portrayal of the illiterate, deaf-mute grandmother illuminates the dignity of her demeanor and the sad resignation in her eyes.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting.

March 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The film is meant to be simple and charming. Unfortunately, it's simple and boring.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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manipulative tear jerking moments are far too familiar

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

The simplicity of The Way Home has few equals this side of Aesop

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

"The Way Home" is a commercial film that offers no cultural exchange, yet the silent performance of Eul-boon Kim enforces a visual storytelling style and both of these elements are strong even though "The Way Home" ultimately disappoints.

April 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A sentimental hybrid that could benefit from the spice of specificity.

March 6, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Both heartbreaking and heartwarming...just a simple fable done in an artless sytle, but it's tremendously moving.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Writer/director Jeong-hyang Lee, in only her second feature, establishes a situation rife with gentle humor and honest, unaffected love.

March 1, 2003 Full Review Source:

[The kid's] selfishness is difficult to watch at times, but if you have patience on the level of Granny's, the payoff is big.

February 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It's so good that you can practically see the Hollywood 'suits' trying to put together the cast and filmmaking team for the all-too -inevitable American remake.

February 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

So saccharine, I'm not sure I'd be able to take it under normal conditions.

February 24, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

It's not revolutionary, but it's satisfying.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Has the rare capability to soothe and break your heart with a single stroke.

February 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

As a tearjerker this works pretty well, though long before it gets to work on your tear ducts, it starts to eat away at your nerves.

February 6, 2003
Film Blather

[The kid's] just too bratty for sympathy, and as the film grows to its finale, his little changes ring hollow.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Not only is it a charming, funny and beautifully crafted import, it uses very little dialogue, making it relatively effortless to read and follow the action at the same time.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Audience Reviews for The Way Home (Jibeuro)

This is a really nice movie, but the little boy in this was so obnoxious, I was waiting for grandma too wack him with her walking stick...yet she never did. I kept waiting for that moment when the kid redeemed himself for all the nasty things that he did to her, but it wasn't until the very end where he ALMOST did. Still not sure that I forgive him, but all in all the movie was quite enjoyable to watch.
October 3, 2011

Super Reviewer

A heart warming story, but very drawn out. Because of the Grandmother being mute and most of the dialogue coming from the Grandson, this almost comes across the way a silent movie would in that you take more notice of the visual things.

A kind of cute, but serious film, but very drawn out.
November 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

A sweet and gentle film. The little kid is an absolute prick and you want to slap him, but of course it makes the journey of each character even better. It's a sweet and simple tale of family and is just a big smily watch.
May 2, 2008

Super Reviewer

So much conflicts. So much contrast. A movie that will change a person. A must watch!
November 30, 2007
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