Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 25, 2012
    80
    Above all, this beautifully photographed documentary is a poetic meditation on refined sensory perception.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 13, 2012
    80
    Planet of Snail is simple, direct and magical. The warm, intimate story of a singular couple, it won the top prize at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and it will win you over as well if you give it the chance.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 26, 2012
    80
    This is a love story of uncommon loveliness and simplicity.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 24, 2012
    80
    The spirit of the movie is nonjudgmental, an observational intimacy that, in turn, becomes inspiring.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 23, 2012
    80
    A disability-centric documentary that moves viewers without resorting to trite devices, Seung-Jun Yi's Planet of Snail takes a condition most of us would find unbearable and demystifies it while finding room for poetry.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jul 24, 2012
    70
    An unadorned, unsentimental portrait of a marriage, Yi Seung-jun's documentary Planet of Snail celebrates the daily life of an exceptionally collaborative couple.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 13, 2012
    38
    The Korean documentary Planet of Snail is spare and unemphatic - too much so - with an abiding sweetness of spirit.
  8. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jul 23, 2012
    60
    What emerges is a touching study (in more ways than one) of the trials, terrors and triumphs of living with physical disability.
  9. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 27, 2012
    88
    Gentle, simply told love stories are as rare in documentaries these days as they are in narrative film. That alone makes Yi Seung-jun's Planet of Snail a standout.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 27, 2012
    80
    More often Planet of Snail evokes, in radiant detail, the mutual reliance that makes good partnerships work.
  11. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 25, 2012
    75
    With little story to speak of, Planet Of Snail is more of an experiential piece, closing in on the pleasure and wonder with which Young-chan takes in details like rain falling outside the window and the bark of a tree.
  12. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Jul 23, 2012
    75
    Even with the heaviness of some of its subject matter, the documentary remains limpid and unsentimental until the very end, in keeping with its subject.

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