Secret Sunshine Reviews

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August 5, 2019
The film can be different things to different people and be equally effective in any of its interpretations.
April 7, 2019
Lee Chang-dong directs a highly insightful, heart-breaking drama about a woman who finds herself completely unable to control her fate, and subsequently, her life, with devastating consequences.
November 6, 2013
The amount of tragedy delivered by this story would feel abusive if a lesser talent was at its center.
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.
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
December 23, 2010
It doesn't touch the heart as much as it thinks it does.
December 22, 2010
Profoundly moving, intelligent and unflinching. It boasts a brave, emotionally devastating performance by Jeon Do-yeon.
December 22, 2010
The cinematic equivalent of prose that is clear, elegant and lyrical.
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.
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].
December 5, 2010
An exemplary examination of coping that expands to entail questions of morality, absolution and faith.
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.
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.
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?
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