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The Way Home (Jibeuro) Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 10, 2002
The best recent argument for sterilization.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 13, 2003
"The Way Home" is a commercial film that offers no cultural exchange, yet the silent performance of Eul-boon Kim enforces a visual storytelling style and both of these elements are strong even though "The Way Home" ultimately disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 14, 2002
The story, touching though it is, does not quite have enough emotional resonance or variety of incident to sustain a feature, and even at 85 minutes it feels a bit long.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 6, 2002
While certain cues, like the happy music, suggest that this movie is supposed to warm our hearts, Jeong-Hyang Lee's film is just as likely to blacken that organ with cold vengefulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 6, 2003
The film is meant to be simple and charming. Unfortunately, it's simple and boring.
| Original Score: C
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 29, 2012
manipulative tear jerking moments are far too familiar
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kim Linekin
October 2, 2002
Do we really need another film that praises female self-sacrifice?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
December 19, 2002
A well acted and well intentioned snoozer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
November 12, 2002
Punitively affirmational parable.
Kim Morgan
January 31, 2003
[The kid's] just too bratty for sympathy, and as the film grows to its finale, his little changes ring hollow.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
February 24, 2003
So saccharine, I'm not sure I'd be able to take it under normal conditions.
| Original Score: 6/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 6, 2003
A sentimental hybrid that could benefit from the spice of specificity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
March 23, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 22, 2003
Has the rare capability to soothe and break your heart with a single stroke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 24, 2003
It's not revolutionary, but it's satisfying.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
March 1, 2003
Writer/director Jeong-hyang Lee, in only her second feature, establishes a situation rife with gentle humor and honest, unaffected love.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Orndorf
March 27, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 28, 2003
[The kid's] selfishness is difficult to watch at times, but if you have patience on the level of Granny's, the payoff is big.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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