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In depicting one man's sexual awakening, Spa Night explores the tension between tradition and individuality with tenderness and compassion. Read critic reviews

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A closeted Korean-American teenager follows his desires and finds more than he bargains for at a Korean spa.

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  • [It] takes its time letting his desires to build up, reminding us that this is more than a coming-out coming-of-age story as it alternates and intermixes the struggles of immigrant life, and the particular condemnations of nontraditional masculinity.

    March 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Although Seo and Ahn are able to tap into David's confusion and agony -- especially when filtered through the lens of his damningly hopeful parents -- there's never much more to David (or his story) than that.

    January 2, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Andrew Ahn has made a confident, assured, low-key debut that's a textbook example of how to make a compelling small-budget movie.

    September 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The assured feature debut by Andrew Ahn is also the story of a young gay man's sexual awakening, and its sensitive lead performance affectingly expresses the tension between tradition and personal identity.

    August 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • There's even a sense that not enough happens but the repression-a lot of glancing, no touching-feels right with the tone, and especially within the cultural context, of the film.

    August 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even with its flaws, Spa Night is an extremely personal film. We need more of those.

    August 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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