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The Way Home (Jibeuro) Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 29, 2012
manipulative tear jerking moments are far too familiar
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
April 29, 2003
The simplicity of The Way Home has few equals this side of Aesop
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 18, 2003
Thanks to confident filmmaking and a pair of fascinating performances, the way to that destination is a really special walk in the woods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 13, 2003
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 27, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 7, 2003
The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 6, 2003
A sentimental hybrid that could benefit from the spice of specificity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 6, 2003
The film is meant to be simple and charming. Unfortunately, it's simple and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 6, 2003
Both heartbreaking and heartwarming...just a simple fable done in an artless sytle, but it's tremendously moving.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 1, 2003
Writer/director Jeong-hyang Lee, in only her second feature, establishes a situation rife with gentle humor and honest, unaffected love.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 28, 2003
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 28, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
February 24, 2003
So saccharine, I'm not sure I'd be able to take it under normal conditions.
| Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 24, 2003
It's not revolutionary, but it's satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 22, 2003
Has the rare capability to soothe and break your heart with a single stroke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
February 6, 2003
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.
| Original Score: B
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
January 31, 2003
[The kid's] just too bratty for sympathy, and as the film grows to its finale, his little changes ring hollow.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
January 31, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
January 31, 2003
The pace is slow, the message none too subtle and the boy barely tolerable. But the film is still better than the mainstream run of movies from Hollywood.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2003
Jeong-Hyang Lee's film is deceptively simple, deeply satisfying.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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