Poetry Reviews

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January 4, 2012
True to the title, writer-director Lee Chang-dong is principally concerned with rendering emotions that seem inexpressible.
January 4, 2012
Those with an eye for reading between the lines can find layers of meaning.
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.
July 29, 2011
In the way of good cinema, the full experience is entirely unsentimental and poetic.
July 28, 2011
It is a picture of something inexpressibly gentle and sad, something heartbreaking and absolutely normal, but something stirred up by a violent, alien incursion.
July 28, 2011
How many times have we seen the components of this plot? The crimes of the young; the trials of the old; the lone individual fighting for truth and decency. But they were never mixed like this before.
July 28, 2011
What makes Poetry so involving is that it's never clear how the story will be resolved.
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.
May 19, 2011
Writer and director Chang-dong Lee's film is moving without ever stooping to melodrama; Yun is the main reason why.
May 5, 2011
"Poetry" is daring in the ways only quiet, unhurried but finally haunting films have the courage to be.
April 8, 2011
A Korean movie about an aging housemaid that turns out to be one of the best films of the year.
April 7, 2011
Lee is a gifted, thoughtful filmmaker, unafraid to tackle difficult subjects.
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.
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.
March 3, 2011
Sometimes you don't fully appreciate what a movie's doing to your heart until it's been shattered.
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.
February 24, 2011
This is a small film. It is also a great one. "Great" is a word I don't use often.
February 16, 2011
[An] exquisite Korean drama by Secret Sunshine's Lee Chang-dong.
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.
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.
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