Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. There is a wonderful natural quality to Jeong's storytelling that is enhanced by cinematographer Young-hwan Choi's graceful camerawork and by a dynamic, contemporary score from M&F.
  2. 80
    Jeong's movie is at its best when it forgets about everything but the interactions of its cast, whether they're together or communicating via one of Cat's cleverly orchestrated cell-phone scenes.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    80
    As rich in incidental detail as it is narratively diffuse.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    Engaging, highly accessible movie that marks a slick feature debut by helmer Jeong Jae-eun.
  5. The film has many strengths, but one of its major assets is its solid sight line. Though we might expect it to go sentimental - with its cute cat, torn families and sympathetic, pretty protagonists - it doesn't.
  6. Nicely performed by a quintet of actresses, but nonetheless it drags.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Refreshingly serious look at young women whose relative freedom doesn't mean they're particularly free.
  8. 70
    Captivating coming-of-age story.
  9. 70
    Gentle, low-key first feature.
  10. 63
    The episodic film makes valid points about the depersonalization of modern life. But the characters tend to be clichés whose lives are never fully explored.
  11. Viewers of first-time director Jeong Jae-eun's sober dissection of dismal day-to-day rituals may want to throw themselves into the brackish water long before the movie is over.
  12. As it abruptly crosscuts among the five friends, it fails to lend the characters' individual stories enough dramatic resonance to make us care about them.

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