User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 66
  2. Negative: 4 out of 66

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  1. MarcK.
    Jun 9, 2004
    5
    My reaction to this film is incredulity that it's been so highly praised by critics and Metacritic readers alike. This dichotomy reminds me of the Vietnamese film "Three Seasons" that was universally praised, but left me puzzled as to why. At least I wasn't the only one on this board who was so incredibly unimpressed.

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Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Kim Ki-duk keeps dialogue to a minimum and actions simple in what is virtually a two-character piece. Humor arrives organically, often resulting in hearty laughs.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    A sublime, witty, gritty and transcendental movie reflecting one man's life journey.
  3. An exquisitely simple movie. Mr. Kim manages to isolate something essential about human nature and at the same time, even more astonishingly, to comprehend the scope of human experience.