The Way Home (Jibeuro)
The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002)

Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his old-fashioned grandmother and his new rural surroundings.… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A simple story told with much warmth and compassion.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Thanks to confident filmmaking and a pair of fascinating performances, the way to that destination is a really special walk in the woods.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The film is meant to be simple and charming. Unfortunately, it's simple and boring.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

manipulative tear jerking moments are far too familiar

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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The pace is slow, the message none too subtle and the boy barely tolerable. But the film is still better than the mainstream run of movies from Hollywood.

Christopher Null

The simplicity of The Way Home has few equals this side of Aesop

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Jeong-Hyang Lee's film is deceptively simple, deeply satisfying.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

"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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This is a really nice movie, but the little boy in this was so obnoxious, I was waiting for grandma too wack him with her walking stick...yet she never did. I… More
Jojo Shek
So much conflicts. So much contrast. A movie that will change a person. A must watch!
Lady D'arbanville
A heart warming story, but very drawn out. Because of the Grandmother being mute and most of the dialogue coming from the Grandson, this almost comes across… More
Luke Baldock
A sweet and gentle film. The little kid is an absolute prick and you want to slap him, but of course it makes the journey of each character even better.… More