The Front Line Synopsis
The final battle of the Korean War determines the border between the North and the South.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This strong, assured Band of Brothers-style drama from director Jang Hun makes universal points about bonding, misery, loyalty, and the...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
As North Korea undergoes a highly publicized change of leadership, The Front Line proves timely. In fact, one of the movie's army...
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75

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
The action in The Front Line is bloody and tense, but the movie also reduces war to its simplest terms, defining it in terms of the...
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70

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
Tightly directed and well acted (even though many characters are cut-outs from every war movie you've ever seen), The Front Line shoehorns...
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65

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
What ultimately makes the film compelling is the extent to which it uses the shared language of cinema to telegraph the caustic feelings of...
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60

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A movie that reserves its final sickening wallop for a grueling half-hour that leaves you as emotionally battered as the soldiers are...
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50

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
Both brutal and sentimental, this Oscar-submitted Korean war drama offers up rusty tropes as telling ironies.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Glenn Whipp
Jang and screenwriter Park Sang-yeon recognize the situation's senselessness but can't resist ramping up the melodrama and celebrating the...
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
While its tone and humanity offset the futility of each side's need for one crucial hill, much of this intense, honorable film is too...
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
A huge hit in its native country, Hun Jang's epic doesn't lack for spectacle or incident: In addition to its war-what-is-it-good-for?...
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The Best War Movie Ever!

By dyws81
I've seen this film more than ten times....

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Rated R | For war violence