Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring Synopsis
A Buddhist monk grows up to become an angry adult (Ki-duk Kim) but then atones for his past actions.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Kim's movie conjures a sense of spiritual discipline as suspenseful as it is stunning to watch and exhilarating to contemplate.
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100

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
This meditation on spirituality, loneliness and accountability could touch your heart's core.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
A masterful portrait of the seasons of a life.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The triumph of ''Spring, Summer'' is that even those of us who don't happen to be Buddhists can catch a glimpse of ourselves in the...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This beautiful -- and beautifully controlled -- film is also an object lesson in how to hypnotize an audience.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
An exquisitely realized film; a little gem, it keeps its conflicting or varying themes of tranquility and violence, sacred and profane...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Proves that the most local story is sometimes the most universal, the simplest tale sometimes the most complex.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film is as spare and unvarnished as a wooden temple floating on a lake, but its reflections run deep, and it can ripple your thoughts...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Kim Ki-duk keeps dialogue to a minimum and actions simple in what is virtually a two-character piece. Humor arrives organically, often...
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Where Kim's best-known movie, "The Isle," was a stomach-churner, this beautifully composed canvas is the sort of film one falls into,...
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Rated R | For Some Strong Sexuality