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  • Summary: A film about the innocence and unconditional love that grows between a young boy and his grandmother. (Paramount Classics)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
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  1. It's an uncluttered, resonant gem that relays its universal points without lectures or confrontations.
  2. Charming is such an overused, film critic-y designation, but The Way Home is that, and more.
  3. 80
    The plot of the picture is familiar, but it's realized with such delicacy and affection for the characters that it seems as fresh and warm as its verdant setting.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Utterly unsentimental but profoundly moving,The Way Home" is a tiny gem from South Korea.
  5. 63
    The film is worth watching if only for Kim, who before this had never seen a movie, let alone acted in one.
  6. 60
    A conventional if appealing tear-jerker, The Way Home would like to grandmother us all.
  7. 40
    It's telling that this slice of milquetoast is the first to get picked up by a major studio boutique. Put in the most euphemistic terms possible, the film's banal premise contains "universal themes," meaning that its sentimental clichés translate readily to all continents and cultures.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3