• Released
  • November 22, 2013
  • (Limited 11/8 NY, 11/22 LA )
  • NR , 1 hr 15 min
  • Documentary
    Animated
Approved for Adoption Synopsis
A comic book artist returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned at the age of 5.

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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Visualizations are Mr. Jung's province, and they're what make his movie so deeply moving, as well as literally illuminating.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
A vibrant example of hybrid nonfiction filmmaking, using hand-drawn animation, live action, home movies and newsreels in a rich synthesis...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Neil Young
Crucially, Jung and Boileau manage to convey the bonds of affection and love that hold this unusual family together, in a manner that will...
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70

Variety

By Jay Weissberg
It’s impossible not to be charmed on some level by Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau’s Approved for Adoption, though it’s best not to ask for...
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70

Village Voice

By Daphne Howland
Watching the animated memoir Approved for Adoption can stir a serenity like skipping stones on water for a delightfully long time.
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70

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
The movie is not always well unified and sequenced, but that seems to reflect Mr. Henin’s ambivalence over a past that’s like a book he is...
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Rated NR