Min-sik Yoon

Min-sik Yoon
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Korea Herald

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) What we got was a decent film, but not one to carry the torch of the Star Wars legacy. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
71% Ashfall (2019) Ashfall is not a masterpiece by any standard, but directors Lee Hae-jun and Kim Byeong-seo managed to create a decent disaster film that is up to standard in every way, from good acting and character-building to a solid storyline and suspense. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
No Score Yet Forbidden Dream (2019) The central friendship and the characters' mutual respect for their shared dream are depicted beautifully in what may be the best chemistry between two leads of all the Korean films released this year. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Overall, it is a standard sequel with a somewhat charming world and not-bad-at-all acting. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes director Fernando Meirelles has created a perfectly riveting drama brought to life by the fascinating back-and-forth performance by Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
No Score Yet Black Money (2019) Director Chung Ji-young's earlier work National Security was full of heart and righteous anger, but I don't think anger was the proper path to take in this particular picture. It doesn't work that well when things aren't so black and white. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
No Score Yet The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful (2019) One-dimensional characters, comic-bookish exaggeration, numerous plot holes and no real twist -- yet the film still manages to be quite fun with adrenaline-pumping action and excitement. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Pro: Terminator: Dark Fate is the best in the Terminator franchise other than the first two films, which were both amazing. Con: That's not saying much considering what followed those two magnificent flicks. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It felt like a rehash of the old, formerly beloved character trying to relive his glory days. Simply put, the franchise has overstayed its welcome. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Journalist (2019) While it is not really a standout film, I admire the director and cast for boldly raising the film's core issue. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
69% Joker (2019) There are films that push you to the limit, have you on the edge, and then there's Joker, starring the brilliance of Joaquin Phoenix. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
50% The Battle of Jangsari (2019) Kwak is a talented veteran auteur. But he has a tendency to go one step too far in depicting the emotions and dramas of his films. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet Man of Men (2019) Surprisingly, the buddy flick starring Sol Kyung-gu and Cho Jin-woong turns out to be pretty fun, buoyed by a mix of drama and comedy -- albeit pretty much by the book -- from the accomplished actors. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) From a film perspective, neither the structure, the narrative nor the plot is really impressive. What is impressive is the music. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos (2019) Simply put, this is Lee at his best. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Tune in for Love (Joyful Music Album) (2019) I wouldn't say the film would blow anyone's mind, but it's sure to give a warm, fuzzy feeling to those who share the same frequency. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
43% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) If you are into straightforward slasher films starring great white sharks with over-the-top action, and you can look past all the obvious flaws, this may be your cup of tea. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
No Score Yet Jesters: The Game Changers (2019) While it aimed to be funny and original, and its props were quite creative, its narrative was sloppy and the parade of cheap and uncomfortable jokes unimpressive. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
83% Ghost Walk (2018) Yu Eun-jeong explores an existential question in her first feature film through the eyes of someone who is no longer among the living. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Battle: Roar to Victory (2019) Every once in a while we get what I like to call "face-palm movies": Films with great intentions and worthy causes that are made so poorly that I end up feeling guilty for hating them. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
No Score Yet My Name Is Kim Bok-dong (2019) The documentary prompts strong emotion through the power of Kim's life, and notable moments in her struggles. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
36% The Divine Fury (2019) While it has some good elements and can be fun from time to time, the unoriginal plot and concept, flat storyline and uninteresting characters do not really heighten expectations for the upcoming films. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
83% Exit (2019) For every flaw, the flick had many more enjoyable elements. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Culprit (2019) A jumbled pile of pretentious plots that are convoluted and confusing for all the wrong reasons. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A delightful teenage coming-of-age tale with great characters, good humor and an upgrade in action, serving both as a wistful epilogue to the "Infinity Saga" and as a prologue to the chaotic new world awaiting the audience in phase four of [the MCU]. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) Compared to the original, it was a huge let-down, but the film definitely has its moments. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It may seem far-fetched and absurd, but when you think about it, it is freakishly grounded in reality. This makes it not only the director's story, but each viewer's story as well. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
6/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Overall, it was a fun film, an OK film, but not one that leaves much of an impression. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
No Score Yet A Boy and Sungreen (2018) Director Ahn Ju-young's first feature film is not a masterpiece, yet it has a strange appeal to it. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) What can I say but "Thanks Marvel", and "Excelsior!" - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) The film packs so much heart and fun with a superhero that truly feels like no other. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
100% The Spy Gone North (2018) Director Yoon Jong-bin's attempt to raise tension through words, not actions, is admirable and quite effective. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
67% Money (2019) Overall, the film is a bit formulaic and not one that gives us a ton of food for thought, but one that is fun and has interesting story and characters. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
63% Idol (2019) Overall, the movie tries to appear more poignant and thought-provoking than it really is, which is disappointing from a young director who has shown much promise. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Despite its flaws, the film is a decent superhero flick, and has the potential to take off to new heights with more character development. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
No Score Yet A Resistance (2019) Hammering home a message hardly ever works in the film medium, and it goes from the messages being a bit on the nose to practically screaming it head-on. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
No Score Yet Svaha: The Sixth Finger (2019) While it is not a bad film, I did not think the payoff was satisfying at the end of such a heart-pumping journey. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
84% Creed II (2018) Overall, the film follows what is almost a formulaic narrative, but this is not a shortcoming in light of the poignant storytelling. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
85% The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) The only thing that is more irritating than watching a film that is a complete disaster is to watch a movie and think "coulda shoulda woulda" throughout. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Hit-and-Run Squad (2019) Just how do you make a story about cops, race car drivers, and street race with super cars this boring? - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Innocent Witness (2019) It has some flaws along the way, but not enough to eclipse the good parts. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
No Score Yet February (2019) A Korean indie film that shows a lot of promise, great characters jointly created by the actors and the smart director, impressive imagery, but lacking the critical "it" factor - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
No Score Yet Unfinished (2018) The villains are laughably lax in terms of security, Lee Beom-soo as Lee Young-min is no Liam Neeson in Taken and the overall action is substandard. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
No Score Yet High Society (2018) It is not a bad film, but it is also not one that really offers any new perspective. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
No Score Yet On Your Wedding Day (2018) It is a slightly cuter version of the film Architecture 101 with the nostalgia factor intact, and what makes it work is the two actors' chemistry and heart and the director's character building. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
No Score Yet Sunset in My Hometown (2018) The couple's chemistry is so good that just looking at them puts a smile on my face, not to mention the dialogue -- not trying too hard to be funny -- is charmingly hilarious. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
80% The Drug King (2018) It is a film that is at least passable. But it should have been much, much more. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Villagers (2018) Overall, The Villagers is a well-acted, passably directed action flick with heart, but not one with much of a twist or thrill. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Wrath (2019) The lines are old-fashioned, the story is one-dimensional and the effects are embarrassing. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
No Score Yet Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission (2019) Eom's period piece has all the elements of a great movie and marks the young director's successful transition from quality screenwriter to director. - Korea Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019