(2000)

Critic Reviews

79

Metascore

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100
Chicago Tribune
A spectacular, engrossing, big-hearted film based on one of Korea's great national epics and made by that country's top filmmaker.
100
Christian Science Monitor
This astoundingly beautiful Korean production is poignant, original, and engrossing.
88
Boston Globe
It's sweeping yet intimate, stately yet impassioned, stylized yet immediate.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
Chunhyang is a movie - and a heroine - for all times.
88
Miami Herald
As magical as "The Wizard of Oz," the film leaves its spare setting and blooms into action in a colorful springtime world to tell the story of an epic romance lush with silken costumes, giggling courtesans, comic servants and rulers cruel and compassionate.
83
Entertainment Weekly
It's a good bet the average American moviegoer, however familiar with the rhythms of cinematic global culture, has never experienced such a handsomely self contained world.
80
Wall Street Journal
All the backing-and-forthing between olden and modern days intensifies the emotional impact of a compelling story, and underlines the enduring power of narrative itself.
80
From the ravishing landscape photography to the exquisite costume design, the entire film is a stunning visual experience; rarely since Hollywood's golden age has the genre been so well served.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Chunhyang is an extravagantly beautiful movie that many viewers are going to love and others are not going to be able to sit still for. That's their problem.
63
New York Post
Beautifully filmed, and the star-crossed lovers, both played by first-time actors, are a match made in art-film heaven. But I must admit, the pansori singer got on my nerves about halfway through.
50
New York Daily News
A feast for the eyes. But not, alas, for the ears.

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