Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. This astoundingly beautiful Korean production is poignant, original, and engrossing.
  2. A spectacular, engrossing, big-hearted film based on one of Korea's great national epics and made by that country's top filmmaker.
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    A rapturously beautiful, lyrically dazzling work.
  4. Im Kwon Taek's exquisite Chunhyang brings to the screen one of Korea's most cherished folk tales, a timeless romance in which the lovers are challenged by differences in class.
  5. A three-ring circus of visual pleasure, showing us the beauty of Korean garment, custom and national character.
  6. 90
    Unless you're deeply familiar with Korean culture, you've truly never seen anything like it.
  7. Reviewed by: Jared Rapfogel
    A multi-layered, experimental film, a film about storytelling, but the beauty of it is that it transcends the story at its center while still celebrating the virtues of a tale well-told.
  8. 90
    The film is unabashedly sexy, and its heady romanticism feels as right and as unaffected as Im's bold use of color and his equally bold decision to tell the story through traditional pansori narration.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's sweeping yet intimate, stately yet impassioned, stylized yet immediate.
  10. 88
    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.
  11. Chunhyang is a movie — and a heroine — for all times.
  12. 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.

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