Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. In the end, this melancholy, inspiriting movie achieves a breathtaking emotional harmoniousness.
  2. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    A minimalist masterpiece.
  3. 90
    Treeless Mountain is skillfully unsentimental--because of, but also despite, the presence of two irresistible, unself-conscious performers in virtually every scene.
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Eder
    88
    The movie is thoroughly engrossing from the opening frame to the end credits, and it’s a beautiful viewing experience.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Feels both masterful and hesitant - it’s the work of a born filmmaker who’s still not quite sure what she wants to say.
  6. 83
    At times, Treeless Mountain almost feels like a fairy tale--but without the magic.
  7. Both lovely and wrenching, So Yong Kim's intimate drama feels so honest, it's often difficult to watch.
  8. It's in this final chapter that the director states his message, which is handled so lightly, almost incidentally, you might miss it. But it's a profound one. For what the girls learn is that the way to get what they want -- no, need -- isn't by hoarding something, but by letting go.
  9. 75
    With Treeless Mountain, Kim establishes herself as a first-class filmmaker.
  10. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Kerr
    70
    Without wallowing in sentimentality or judging any of her characters, Kim has drawn a mature portrait of an elementary school girl old before her time and a loss of childhood that rings true on every level.
  11. Delicate, wrenching, occasionally vexing.
  12. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    70
    Kim is deft and sensitive with her tiny co-stars, but Treeless Mountain lacks the freshness and surprise of "In Between Days."
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. PabloL
    Mar 29, 2010
    8
    Why do critics think that something must happen for a film to be good? This is a wonderful film, the action is on the faces and understanding Why do critics think that something must happen for a film to be good? This is a wonderful film, the action is on the faces and understanding of the two little girls, the message is almost Zen in its minimalism. Full Review »
  2. RonG
    Jan 2, 2010
    5
    Great acting but doesn't gp anywhere.
  3. KevinV
    Oct 28, 2009
    6
    Treeless Mountain is a quietly adorable little movie in which nothing much happens. It's filmed from the perspective of two little girls Treeless Mountain is a quietly adorable little movie in which nothing much happens. It's filmed from the perspective of two little girls whose mother has left them, and I found the portrayal quite convincing. The film bogs down towards the end, but the situation, acting, and cinematography were compelling enough to carry through the whole movie. Full Review »