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  • Summary: Comic-book artist Jung returns to Seoul for the first time since he was adopted by a Belgian family at the age of 5.
  • Director: Jung and Laurent Boileau
  • Genre(s): Biography, Animation, Family
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 70 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 21, 2013
    80
    Visualizations are Mr. Jung's province, and they're what make his movie so deeply moving, as well as literally illuminating.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Nov 21, 2013
    80
    A vibrant example of hybrid nonfiction filmmaking, using hand-drawn animation, live action, home movies and newsreels in a rich synthesis of personal and historical memory.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Nov 5, 2013
    70
    It’s impossible not to be charmed on some level by Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau’s Approved for Adoption, though it’s best not to ask for too much.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Nov 5, 2013
    70
    Crucially, Jung and Boileau manage to convey the bonds of affection and love that hold this unusual family together, in a manner that will ring a moving chord with many who have experienced similar circumstances.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 8, 2013
    70
    The movie is not always well unified and sequenced, but that seems to reflect Mr. Henin’s ambivalence over a past that’s like a book he is at once rereading and rewriting.
  6. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Nov 5, 2013
    70
    Watching the animated memoir Approved for Adoption can stir a serenity like skipping stones on water for a delightfully long time.