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Poetry Reviews

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October 25, 2011
Lee is concerned with beauty in much the same way a philosopher might be -- its transcendent nature, its presence in nearly everything.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 27, 2011
[Yun Jung-hee's] quiet gestures, gentle gaze and tender pose transform themselves into stanzas as they rhyme with Lee's cinema.
July 27, 2011
Devoid of the ultra-violence so often associated with Korean cinema, Poetry is quiet and unhurried, making its portrait of social bleakness all the more impactful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 2, 2014
But what's so surprising about Poetry is Lee's unassuming mastery over the elements therein.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
July 28, 2011
Yoon's performance, nuanced and subtle, is superb, while the film is long and languid so adjustments and allowances must be made both for its pace and, at times, for its poetry. But the effort is well worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
April 28, 2011
Has a strong flavor of daytime-drama soap.
March 18, 2011
Like a great poem, it challenges you to ponder it and help create its meaning.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2011
Lee Chang-dong's perceptive drama about a woman facing the onset of Alzheimer's as well as a torrid family crisis is keenly acted but meandering.
July 28, 2011
From Alzheimer's, rape and suicide, Lee has created real poetry.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2012
Those with an eye for reading between the lines can find layers of meaning.
February 10, 2011
Ms. Yun's performance [is] a tour de force of emotional complexity that builds through restraint and, like Mr. Lee's unadorned visual style, earns rather than demands your attention.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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-
March 5, 2011
Absolutely captivating... stimulating even though it really does seem like it ought to be sedative.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 31, 2011
A beautifully acted, deeply moving tale that brings a lump to the throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 11, 2011
What saved Poetry for me is the brilliant, lyrical and powerful way that Lee manages to sum up all his themes during the final few minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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