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The Front Line Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
We can be grateful that a Jang Hun comes along now and then to inscribe a human record.
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 19, 2012
The themes and characters are right out of any number of classic war movies, but... the frontline culture, so at odds with military discipline and command, is fascinating.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 25, 2012
If you like war movies, this one is a dandy. Sure, you'll recognize some of the genre's shopworn conventions, but there are enough unique twists and details to make "The Front Line" memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
March 5, 2012
Jang's filmmaking weapons may be utterly conventional, but that does not prevent them from delivering a high-impact payload.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 20, 2012
A potent anti-war movie with breathtaking battle sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
January 19, 2012
A war movie not quite worth engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 19, 2012
A movie that reserves its final sickening wallop for a grueling half-hour that leaves you as emotionally battered as the soldiers are forced to return to hell for one last senseless round.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Orange
Movieline
January 19, 2012
Hollywood clichés pervade The Front Line, from its slate and sepia tones to its stock company of characters and dialogue that translates macho posturing into present-day slang.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 19, 2012
While its tone and humanity offset the futility of each side's need for one crucial hill, much of this intense, honorable film is too drawn-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 19, 2012
The action in The Front Line is bloody and tense, but the movie also reduces war to its simplest terms...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 18, 2012
This strong, assured Band of Brothers-style drama from director Jang Hun makes universal points about bonding, misery, loyalty, and the senselessness of war through a portfolio of soldiers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
January 17, 2012
Quick, unexpected flashes engross the viewer in this Korean War tale even as the script is filled with conventional war movie tropes and types.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 17, 2012
What you don't get is the sense that this pumped-up combat-fatigue chronicle is pandering-or, for that matter, particularly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 16, 2012
Both brutal and sentimental, this Oscar-submitted Korean war drama offers up rusty tropes as telling ironies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 15, 2012
South Korea's impressive entry for the 2011 foreign-language Oscar race offers a different kind of war picture in its foreshadowed setting of the blood-soaked front line between North and South Korea during the 1950-53 war.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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