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Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

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  • Summary: Entirely set on and around a tree-lined lake where a tiny Buddhist monastery floats on a raft amidst a breath-taking landscape, this film is divided into five segments with each season representing a stage in a man's life. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Kim's movie conjures a sense of spiritual discipline as suspenseful as it is stunning to watch and exhilarating to contemplate.
  2. The triumph of ''Spring, Summer'' is that even those of us who don't happen to be Buddhists can catch a glimpse of ourselves in the spinning wheel of hope, destruction, suffering, and bliss.
  3. As meditative and beautiful as its title would indicate. What is a surprise is the extent to which it manages to be involving if you can put yourself on its wavelength.
  4. Spring, Summer values life, beauty and even human fallibility, ascribing to humanity a nobility we neglect at our own peril.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The film is as spare and unvarnished as a wooden temple floating on a lake, but its reflections run deep, and it can ripple your thoughts for months.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    This subtly entrancing paean to seasons earthly and emotional is to the developing male psyche what "Whale Rider" is to the female, and deserves equal acclaim.
  7. Reviewed by: Phillip Kennicott
    Though lacking in any particular narrative surprise, the film nevertheless takes the viewer completely by surprise several times.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. M.Daye
    Feb 4, 2006
    For a film whose objective is to recount the intricacy of life, 'Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  2. May 9, 2013
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring takes you to a Quite Peaceful place if you allow it to. I liked everything about it. It`s not just like any other movie. Expand
  3. Jan 30, 2014
    "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" is a movie about life, a movie about growing and learning, a movie about love and hate, and a movie about change and invariability. It's a spiritual movie, not a religious one. What is very interesting, is how writer/director/actor Ki-duk Kim managed to put such moments in a serious film that made the audience laugh, and then during the next scene, they were serious again. Expand
  4. JeffM.
    Jul 9, 2006
    As each season progressed, my interest lessened along the way. Still, there are moments of stunning beauty in each vignet that it is a film woth seeing. The sum its parts is better than the whole though. Expand
  5. Jun 30, 2013
    Another slow and long-winded movie. The only praise is the scenes. From start to finish there are short pieces of dialogue, a minimal amount of actual movement and characters that were very dull indeed. However, if you are a fan of artistic movies then it is worth watching. Expand

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