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Poetry Reviews

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Brent Simon
May 22, 2011
Poetry possesses a lyrical delicateness that marks it as something special, different and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 19, 2011
Writer and director Chang-dong Lee's film is moving without ever stooping to melodrama; Yun is the main reason why.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 13, 2011
He leaves a lot of loose ends in "Poetry," letting the viewer form his or her own interpretation of what happened and what it means. But the ending, especially the devastating final shots, feels complete and perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011
"Poetry" is daring in the ways only quiet, unhurried but finally haunting films have the courage to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
May 4, 2011
At the end of this film, the significance of Mija's experience is felt in full, creeping up on the viewer in a manner that mirrors the effect of great creative writing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 29, 2011
Like the flowing waters in its opening shot, Poetry is a beautiful film that carries us along slowly, subtly, yet unrelentingly.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Has a strong flavor of daytime-drama soap.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 8, 2011
A Korean movie about an aging housemaid that turns out to be one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2011
Lee is a gifted, thoughtful filmmaker, unafraid to tackle difficult subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 18, 2011
Like a great poem, it challenges you to ponder it and help create its meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 17, 2011
A captivating film, as observant and nuanced as a sonnet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 7, 2011
Completely engrossing.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 7, 2011
Yet another great, neo-noirish effort from South Korea (the other was the recent release "The Housemaid"), "Poetry" tells a -story that no American film studio would go near.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 5, 2011
Absolutely captivating... stimulating even though it really does seem like it ought to be sedative.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 4, 2011
Now is the time to bestow on yourself the gift of one of the most, well, poetic films of 2010. And by "poetic," we mean rich with soulful pauses that are at once visual and aural and deeply observant of the dance of routine and quiet surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2011
About guilt and responsibility, about loss, about the terrible things human beings do, and the moments of serenity and spiritual succor to be gleaned from the natural world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 3, 2011
Sometimes you don't fully appreciate what a movie's doing to your heart until it's been shattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Pais
February 25, 2011
A chronicle of complex joy and devastation, with a slight tendency to ramble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2011
Mija, at the center, is perhaps determined to not fill her remaining memories with despair, and to avoid adding to the sum of the world's misery. Maybe it's as simple as that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2011
This is a small film. It is also a great one. "Great" is a word I don't use often.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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