Past Lives

critic Reviews

, 95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A remarkable debut for writer-director Celine Song, Past Lives uses the bonds between its sensitively sketched central characters to support trenchant observations on the human condition.
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    Jae-Ha KimSalon.com
    In this extraordinary Academy Award-nominated film “Past Lives,” the Korean concept of inyeon is used to lead viewers into believing that Nora and Hae-sung are destined to be together – if not in this lifetime, then in the future.
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    A.A. DowdIGN Movies
    Never risking discomfort, Song flattens a real-life anecdote of any truly messy feelings, resulting in a tone poem quasi-romance that’s actually serene to a fault. It’s a good movie too chronically polite to achieve anything like greatness.
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    Dwight BrownDwightBrownInk.com
    What a touching story. A very striking way to look at relationships and the ways that love lingers.
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    Jonathan RomneyFinancial Times
    Past Lives may be a weepie, but it’s a hyper-sophisticated one.
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    Mark KermodeObserver (UK)
    Plaudits to the principal cast, who do a miraculous job of portraying inner conflict and ecstasy with the merest tilt of a head, or subtle shift of a shoulder.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Song finds the political in the personal and avoids seeming indulgent or niche.
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    Sarah VincentSarah G Vincent Views
    The concept of In-Yun promises that after 8,000 years of connecting, they can marry and be together. Nora and Hae Sun are one life closer.
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    Chris McCoyMemphis Flyer
    Told with remarkable economy, and perfect performances...
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    William SchwartzHanCinema
    Hae Sung in "Past Lives" barely even exists beyond his nostalgic fixation on Nora, and Nora herself is only slightly more well-defined as a character because she has two relationships and the other characters only one.
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    Andrew GaldiMovie Bitches
    The writing was like poetry, I would highly recommend
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