Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It's an uncluttered, resonant gem that relays its universal points without lectures or confrontations.
  2. Life-affirming story of love, kinship and sacrifice.
  3. Charming is such an overused, film critic-y designation, but The Way Home is that, and more.
  4. Simple without being slight, and profoundly moving without dipping into mawkishness.
  5. 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.
  6. Director Lee has a true cinematic knack, but it's also nice to see a movie with its heart so thoroughly, unabashedly on its sleeve.
  7. A sweet, unabashedly sentimental tale.
  8. If you ever doubted the power and scope of silent film, watch The Way Home. The narrative arc is as broad as any chattering feature, the emotional depth is greater than most, and it's all achieved with virtually no dialogue.
  9. Has inherent sentimental appeal, but Lee balances it with considerable humor and an unblinking eye toward the realities of a primitive way of life.
  10. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Utterly unsentimental but profoundly moving,The Way Home" is a tiny gem from South Korea.
  11. 63
    The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting.
  12. 63
    The film is worth watching if only for Kim, who before this had never seen a movie, let alone acted in one.
  13. Reviewed by: Darrin Keene
    60
    It’s not hard to see why The Way Home has become such a hit in its native South Korea. The story is a plaintive moral tale, adding the requisite doses of humour and sentimentality where it’s required.
  14. 60
    A conventional if appealing tear-jerker, The Way Home would like to grandmother us all.
  15. The story, touching though it is, does not quite have enough emotional resonance or variety of incident to sustain a feature, and even at 85 minutes it feels a bit long. The premise, too, is a little thin.
  16. 58
    There are many merits to the picture -- it's wonderfully shot and boasts a beautiful performance by Eul-Boom, who acts in gestures of subtle dignity and compassion. But it's questionable how we're to take actor Seung-Ho.
  17. 50
    There’s also something to be said for wanting a little bit more.
  18. Affecting, even touching, provided you can put up with its sclerotic pace.
  19. 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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