The Way Home (Jibeuro)
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A youngster learns a valuable lesson about family, friendship, and love in this family drama from South Korea. Sang-woo (Yu Seung-ho) is a seven-year-old boy whose parents are divorced, and whose Mother (Dong Hyo-heui) has decided she needs a break from parenthood for the summer. Mother sends Sang-woo to the country to spend some time with his Grandmother (Kim Eul-bun), who is quite old, in poor health, and cannot speak. Sang-woo doesn't much care for his Grandmother, and prefers to spend his time playing with his hand-held video game rather than have anything to do with her. When the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thanks to confident filmmaking and a pair of fascinating performances, the way to that destination is a really special walk in the woods."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"The film is meant to be simple and charming. Unfortunately, it's simple and boring."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
""The Way Home" is a commercial film that offers no cultural exchange, yet the silent performance of Eul-boon Kim enforces a visual storytelling style and both of these elements are strong even though "The Way Home" ultimately disappoints."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Writer/director Jeong-hyang Lee, in only her second feature, establishes a situation rife with gentle humor and honest, unaffected love."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"So saccharine, I'm not sure I'd be able to take it under normal conditions."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Eul-Boon Kim's soulful portrayal of the illiterate, deaf-mute grandmother illuminates the dignity of her demeanor and the sad resignation in her eyes."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"manipulative tear jerking moments are far too familiar"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A sentimental hybrid that could benefit from the spice of specificity."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"[The kid's] selfishness is difficult to watch at times, but if you have patience on the level of Granny's, the payoff is big."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"It's not revolutionary, but it's satisfying."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The simplicity of The Way Home has few equals this side of Aesop"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Both heartbreaking and heartwarming...just a simple fable done in an artless sytle, but it's tremendously moving."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It's so good that you can practically see the Hollywood 'suits' trying to put together the cast and filmmaking team for the all-too -inevitable American remake."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Has the rare capability to soothe and break your heart with a single stroke."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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