The Day He Arrives


Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 22, 2012
    But at his best - and his new movie, The Day He Arrives, is among his very best - Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that's like absolutely nothing else.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 19, 2012
    The Day He Arrives has real force and its experimentation is in the service of a moving story about a man who, as he says at the start, has nowhere to go. And so he returns to a bar, a woman and situations that are always the same and yet always different - snow falls during one kiss but not another - playing a director whose life resembles a movie he keeps remaking.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 4, 2012
    The movie finds the right tone to present its bittersweet wisdom. It's relaxed. It's content to observe and listen.
  4. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Apr 20, 2012
    The geometry of human relationships is the main theme of Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 18, 2012
    The Day He Arrives is a talky movie, full of long, boozy scenes and cosmic coincidences - and in that it echoes Allen, as well as Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, and the best of British kitchen-sink drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 17, 2012
    Maintains a funny and sad focus on its single petulant subject.
  7. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Apr 17, 2012
    Serves as an amusing itinerary of dining, drinking and sexual dalliance that beguilingly plays with narrative time.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Apr 17, 2012
    Like Rohmer, Hong is wonderful with atmospheric effects, using whirling snowfalls to place his characters' inchoate longing in relief.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 17, 2012
    A 25-words-or-less pitch for The Day He Arrives - shot in luminous black-and-white - might go something like: "Hong Sang-soo does Groundhog Day."
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jul 19, 2012
    The verb in the title of The Day He Arrives doesn't refer so much to a traveler reaching a destination as to a man finding himself - or hoping to.
  11. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 17, 2012
    An agreeably meandering exercise that brings some clever French New Wave fillips and structural repetitions to Hong's characteristically boozy party. Rougher but more approachable than his previous "Oki's Movie."

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    "The Day He Arrives" is a wonderful film and could serve as a great introduction to the films of the Korean indie filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, for"The Day He Arrives" is a wonderful film and could serve as a great introduction to the films of the Korean indie filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, for those who feel the need to start at the beginning of a artist work in order to understand what they are doing currently. Despite being his 12 feature film, it embodies the ideas and feeling the director has been striving for throughout his career. Simple action, intricate yet subdued dialogue and beautiful B/W photography of everyday scenes, all with the smallest hint of the surreal. Hong Sang-soo is an individual quickly gaining notice in international cinema and "The Day He Arrives" is a great place to start for one who desires to delve into something new and exciting in film. Full Review »