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The Day He Arrives Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    83

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    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."

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice Nick Pinkerton

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

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

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

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    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.

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