100

San Francisco Chronicle

A minimalist masterpiece.
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90

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Treeless Mountain is skillfully unsentimental--because of, but also despite, the presence of two irresistible, unself-conscious performers in virtually every scene.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Feels both masterful and hesitant - it’s the work of a born filmmaker who’s still not quite sure what she wants to say.
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88

TV Guide

The movie is thoroughly engrossing from the opening frame to the end credits, and it’s a beautiful viewing experience.
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80

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
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.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Both lovely and wrenching, So Yong Kim's intimate drama feels so honest, it's often difficult to watch.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
With Treeless Mountain, Kim establishes herself as a first-class filmmaker.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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.
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70

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Delicate, wrenching, occasionally vexing.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The problem with this American indie filmed in Korea is that, despite the captivating faces and sad predicament of these little girls, nothing much happens.
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75 out of 100
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