Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Suspenseful and psychologically rich.
  2. 70
    The new English track is predictably clumsy, but the story and images overcome it.
  3. This warm, sorrowful film plays like a downbeat variation on an old World War II picture from Hollywood.
  4. 60
    A blockbuster hit in Korea, Park's feature debut is a beguiling mix of the generic and the unfamiliar, and it ends on a shot that's nothing short of heartbreaking.
  5. 50
    Scenes of the probe are less successful. They feel contrived, and actress Lee Yeong-ae is not especially effective as Major Jang.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Despite its merits, is neither an art movie nor an out-and-out, propulsive actioner like "Shiri."
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Stephens
    40
    Politically, psychologically, and aesthetically schizophrenic.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 20, 2014
    4
    JSA is a story about an unlikely friendship between soldiers on opposite sides of the Korean border. The dialog is hokey and the plot is contrived, but JSA might appeal to an audience that romanticizes or is emotionally invested in the conflict between the DPRK and the ROK. Full Review »
  2. Jun 17, 2011
    10
    Simply a masterpiece of a film. A tremendous story told by Park Chan-wook. I can just encourage everybody to watch this movie and enjoy the hell out of it. Full Review »
  3. OwenB.
    Sep 19, 2005
    10
    Fantastic. Moving, stylish and original.