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Secret Sunshine Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 22, 2010
The cinematic equivalent of prose that is clear, elegant and lyrical.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 21, 2010
Buried in the year-end rush but one of the year's best films.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 21, 2010
Secret Sunshine is a frequently beautiful film with a cold, dark heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 6, 2007
A secular hymn to the small triumphs and cavernous tragedies of the everyday, and to our awesome ability to cope.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 20, 2007
This exploration of grief in contemporary South Korea plods along adequately and intelligently.
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Jim Emerson
September 18, 2007
The film is brave and unsparing (as is Jeon's performance) and asks some challenging and disquieting questions...
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Globe and Mail
September 6, 2007
This fourth film from Lee Chang-dong, one of the leading lights in the new South Korean cinema, begins as a young widow moves to the small town of Milyang, where her late husband was born and where she plans to work as a piano teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2007
Emotionally complex tale of a woman's confrontation with the worst of fates.
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Derek Elley
May 24, 2007
An ambitious, almost novelistic pic by writer-helmer Lee Chang-dong that ultimately fails to dramatize its lead character's conflicts in cinematic terms.