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Poetry Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2012
True to the title, writer-director Lee Chang-dong is principally concerned with rendering emotions that seem inexpressible.
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
January 4, 2012
Those with an eye for reading between the lines can find layers of meaning.
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 29, 2011
A deceptively gentle tale with a tender ache at its center, as well as a performance from Yun Jung-hee that lingers long in the memory.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 27, 2011
Anyone who starts a film going to poetry classes is eventually going to come up with a poem. The one Mija finally delivers will rip your heart to shreds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
| 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
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 16, 2011
[An] exquisite Korean drama by Secret Sunshine's Lee Chang-dong.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 11, 2011
"Poetry," which rightfully won the best-screenplay prize at Cannes, never resorts to exploitation. Under Lee's guidence, it is a mature film for mature audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 10, 2011
This is a movie about how in the throes of inspiration, phrases follow each other organically, leading the poet to places she didn't know she was headed when she began. But for Yun, that journey is terrifying, with only blackness ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 9, 2011
Yun is quite simply spectacular as a woman who holds steadfastly on to her dignity and empathy, even in the face of unspeakable tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
Poetry is a perfectly paced and performed character study of a woman raising a child on her own who must contend with a heinous act of violence.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 7, 2011
It comes together neatly, perhaps too neatly to be ... poetry. But it's not prosaic, either. It has a lucid grace.