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Critics score:
95 / 100

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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: A triumph of sheer cinematic craft that mirrors its characters' contemplative natures while extolling the virtues of lives simply led. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: A little gem, it keeps its conflicting or varying themes of tranquility and violence, sacred and profane love, recklessness and wisdom, in almost perfect balance. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Unlike many movies, this one feels completely organic, as if there's no other way it could play out but this. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The picture's extraordinary beauty is inescapable. Read more

Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic: A balm for the soul and a reminder that even in the frenetic city, the cosmos has its own steady pendulum. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: If Tarantino's film is built to thrill, Spring, Summer is made to last. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: As meditative and beautiful as its title would indicate. Read more

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Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The triumph of Spring, Summer is that even those of us who don't happen to be Buddhists can catch a glimpse of ourselves in the spinning wheel of hope, destruction, suffering, and bliss. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Beautifully composed as the film is, it borders on preciousness. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: The lessons offered by Spring, Summer are as old as time. And for those who choose to worship at the altar of cinema, the images are unforgettable. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: The work of both master and disciple, containing at once scenes of enormous beauty and warmth, crafted by Kim's inner octogenarian, and those darker passages sealed with the imprint of a still-restless iconoclast. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: The impression this movie leaves is profound: Here is an artist who sees things whole. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: In some ways, this is less a movie than a meditation. But that doesn't mean, like any meditation, it doesn't offer its own rewards. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Where Kim's best-known movie, The Isle, was a stomach-churner, this beautifully composed canvas is the sort of film one falls into, resurfacing at the end with great reluctance. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Kim Ki Duk, in this exquisitely simple movie, manages to isolate something essential about human nature and at the same time to comprehend the scope of human experience. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: [Spring] probably represents the purest and most transcendent distillation of the Buddhist faith ever rendered on the screen. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: This is as close to a Zen experience as the movies offer. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Using perfectly composed shots to amplify an emotionally resonant story, the film successfully argues that 'artistic' films do not have to be boring. Read more

Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle: A masterful portrait of the seasons of a life. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: As with most collections of short stories, some are more interesting than others. And the pacing is extremely slow -- almost meditative. Read more

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Peter Howell, Toronto Star: By turns humorous and tragic, Kim's film folds Buddhist belief into scenarios that capture the eye while they provoke the mind. Read more

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Derek Elley, Variety: A sublime, witty, gritty and transcendental movie reflecting one man's life journey. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Far from a maxim-expounding sermon, the film is a fresh spring of irrational visual pleasure. Read more