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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Serves as an amusing itinerary of dining, drinking and sexual dalliance that beguilingly plays with narrative time. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie finds the right tone to present its bittersweet wisdom. It's relaxed. It's content to observe and listen. show more

  • 88
    Jaime N. Christley Slant Magazine

    The geometry of human relationships is the main theme of Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives. show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    The verb in the title of The Day He Arrives doesn't refer so much to a traveler reaching a destination as to a man finding himself - or hoping to. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    A 25-words-or-less pitch for The Day He Arrives - shot in luminous black-and-white - might go something like: "Hong Sang-soo does Groundhog Day." show more

  • 83
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Maintains a funny and sad focus on its single petulant subject. show more

  • 90
    Andrew O'Hehir

    But at his best - and his new movie, The Day He Arrives, is among his very best - Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that's like absolutely nothing else. show more

  • 90
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    The Day He Arrives has real force and its experimentation is in the service of a moving story about a man who, as he says at the start, has nowhere to go. And so he returns to a bar, a woman and situations that are always the same and yet always different - snow falls during one kiss but not another - playing a director whose life resembles a movie he keeps remaking. show more

  • 80
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    Like Rohmer, Hong is wonderful with atmospheric effects, using whirling snowfalls to place his characters' inchoate longing in relief. show more

  • 70
    Justin Chang Variety

    An agreeably meandering exercise that brings some clever French New Wave fillips and structural repetitions to Hong's characteristically boozy party. Rougher but more approachable than his previous "Oki's Movie." show more

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