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The Way Home (Jibeuro) Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

manipulative tear jerking moments are far too familiar

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C

January 29, 2012
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 29, 2003
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 18, 2003
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

"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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

April 13, 2003
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

March 27, 2003
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2003
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 6, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The film is meant to be simple and charming. Unfortunately, it's simple and boring.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

March 6, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B+

March 6, 2003
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

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

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

March 1, 2003
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

[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 Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 28, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

February 28, 2003
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

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

| Original Score: 6/10

February 24, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

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

February 6, 2003
Kim Morgan
Oregonian

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 31, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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 Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

January 31, 2003
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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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

January 31, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jeong-Hyang Lee's film is deceptively simple, deeply satisfying.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 24, 2003
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