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Led by arresting performances from Steven Yeun and Yeri Han, Minari offers an intimate and heart-wrenching portrait of family and assimilation in 1980s America. Read critic reviews

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Prepare for an ambiguous ending, but along the way, this is a beautifully filmed blend of comedy and drama, brought to life by a wonderful cast playing well-written characters. Read audience reviews

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A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Cast & Crew

Darryl Cox
Mr. Harlan
Eric Starkey
Randy Boomer
Lee Isaac Chung
Screenwriter
Joshua Bachove
Executive Producer
Brad Pitt
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Steven Yeun
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Lachlan Milne
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Harry Yoon
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Critic Reviews for Minari

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  • What makes this more than just another formulaic feelgood film is the grit with which Chung evokes the hardscrabble lives of his characters, balancing the dreamier elements of the drama with a naturalism that keeps it rooted in reality.

    April 4, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A rare film about assimilation that can be equally cherished by both poles of the American political landscape. And everybody in between.

    April 2, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Minari is a story of the American Dream. But Chung's brilliance is in how he adds depth and complexity to those foundational ideas - it's in the spaces in between that we find love, loss, hope, and regret.

    April 2, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Though two last-act sequences dovetail a little too neatly, the word that covers this cinematic experience is "raw".

    April 2, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It briefly drags before the closing act, but that's hardly a complaint.

    April 2, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a work of extraordinary delicacy, poignancy and tenderness. Whatever else, teaching's loss is entirely our gain.

    April 2, 2021 | Full Review…

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  • May 04, 2021
    My first theater experience in 13 months. I don't know if my tears were flowing because of that fact or because of this gorgeous film. Oh wait that's right, it was both. As lush and soothing as a brook in spring. I look forward to letting 'Minari' wash over me again.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2021
    Overflowing with love, passion, and truth, Minari is the must-see film of the season. Featuring impressive cinematography, strong writing, and an incredible ensemble, the film tells a powerfully relatable story about family, sacrifice, resilience, and the beauty of small and unexpected victories. Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, and Youn Yuh-jung all deserve Oscar recognition for their performances, Lee Isaac Chung deserves Best Director, and the film itself deserves the highest prize.
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  • Feb 24, 2021
    I can't remember watching a family drama as heartfelt and poignant as Minari. Told mostly from the perspective of the very young David, it offers audience an intimate view into the life of an immigrant family trying to make their life work in America. Thankfully, the movie avoids the stereotypes of intolerance and instead embraces multiculturalism and humanity, a huge relief as we (speaking as an American) put the last 4+ horrendous years behind us. The acting across the board is wonderful to behold. I forgot how enjoyable Steven Yeung is to watch. Yeri Han who plays the mom and wife is also fantastic. But the grandmother Yuh-jung Youn I think stood out the most as she had to portray such a range with her character. When I'm a grandparent I want to be just like her. And while mostly a drama, this movie had me laughing uncontrollably at times. "Don't count your chickens before their hatched," especially if your job is staring at the ass-end of a baby chick to determine its sex while having a serious marriage conversation.
    Mark B Super Reviewer

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