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Secret Sunshine Reviews

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November 6, 2013
The amount of tragedy delivered by this story would feel abusive if a lesser talent was at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2013
It quickly dawns as to why Jeon won so many awards for this performance...
February 4, 2011
In a performance as raw and naked as I can recall seeing, Jeon navigates the ebbs and flows of Shin-ae's grief.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 3, 2011
There is a natural tendency to appreciate movies that are neat and concise. "Secret Sunshine" makes a striking argument for the antithesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 29, 2010
Superbly observed study of a woman's tortured spiritual odyssey, filled with honest drama, unexpected humor and brilliant revelations.
December 23, 2010
a wrenching, darkly comic and immersive work
| Original Score: 4/5
December 23, 2010
It doesn't touch the heart as much as it thinks it does.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 22, 2010
Profoundly moving, intelligent and unflinching. It boasts a brave, emotionally devastating performance by Jeon Do-yeon.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.921/10
December 22, 2010
The cinematic equivalent of prose that is clear, elegant and lyrical.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2010
Buried in the year-end rush but one of the year's best films.
December 21, 2010
Secret Sunshine is a frequently beautiful film with a cold, dark heart.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 21, 2010
Brilliantly written, acted and directed, this is a work that evokes the Russian novel despite being a Korean film. Treats larger questions of life and death in the serious manner that they deserve.
December 21, 2010
[S]low portrait of damaged woman struggling against community expectations reveals universality [in] extraordinary Do-yeon who dramatically shifts gears again [and again].
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 5, 2010
An exemplary examination of coping that expands to entail questions of morality, absolution and faith.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 7, 2007
It is unlikely you are going to see a more palpable portrayal of grief this year than Jeon Do-yeon's magnificent perfomance as Shin-ae in this Korean drama of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 6, 2007
A secular hymn to the small triumphs and cavernous tragedies of the everyday, and to our awesome ability to cope.
November 13, 2007
Perfect for those wishing to enjoy a nice traumatizing time at the movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2007
This exploration of grief in contemporary South Korea plods along adequately and intelligently.
October 17, 2007
Can a movie traumatize you in a good way?
October 9, 2007
Even as the film piles awkwardness and suffering upon its character, it never feels exploitative or emotionally manipulative, maintaining a restrained tone entirely devoid of melodrama.
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