• Released
  • February 11, 2011
  • (Limited 2/11)
  • NR , 2 hr 19 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Poetry Synopsis
At the end of her life a woman searches for new meaning.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is a movie whose power comes from the alignment both of Mija's discovery with ours and of a tremendous writer and director with his...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Yun's performance is remarkable. The journey Mija takes is painful and hard and - for us, watching - sublime.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Beauty comes to us unexpectedly. That's the message of Poetry, a Korean movie about an aging housemaid that turns out to be one of the best...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, the older woman enrolls in a poetry class, desperate to find the words to describe beauty before...
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San Francisco Chronicle

A heartrending film, Lee's Poetry is indeed a work of art.
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Yun's performance is genuinely beautiful, a haunting expression of life, of its disappointments and its possibilities, rendered in a way...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Lee doesn't make exploitation films, and he doesn't find conventional answers. He is puzzled by the mysteries of inexplicable behavior.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Yun, a veteran Korean actress, gives a splendidly layered performance.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Poetry, which rightfully won the best-screenplay prize at Cannes, never resorts to exploitation. Under Lee's guidence, it is a mature film...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Not everyone will wax lyrical about this enigmatic and troubling film, which is also Chan-dong's most slow-moving one. But those with an...
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Mind-numbingly dull and denotes everything wrong with stuffy reviewers

By Agrajag
I see 50+ movies a year at the theater including many wonderful independent and foreign films at the local art house theater. However, I've noticed a disturbing trend that movies that seem to gain...

Visual Poetry

By abwafb
Poetry is a fascinating and often heartbreaking story focusing around an older woman desperate for fulfillment, vision, and control over her thoughts and memories. At the center of it is a behemoth...


By sutaira
This is a very sad movie that leaves one subdued and introspective after viewing. However, there are many complex topics to dscuss: (Korean) cultural mores, parenting, Alzheimer's, corruption, and...

Excellent Film

By btwob
I was really surprised by this film, since I hadn't heard anything about before viewing. It was a superb film with terrific acting, editing and directing. When I checked the reviews afterwards, I...

Thought Provoking

By mkbg
This is a film a for an intellectually mature audience. You begin to see things through Mrs. Park's eyes even as she slowly discovers things about herself and those around her. Yun Junghee's...

Beautfiul film

By Wicki10023
A gorgeous, heart rending film of both visual and verbal poetry. As they say in the films' poetry class: "Even the sorrow was beautiful."...


By jessica_wallace
Poetry was a heart wrenching story about a woman who gives everything she has for a unappreciative grandson and daughter. Her only vice is to take poetry lessons. She tries throughout the movie to...

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Rated NR