Time Out (London)
– Geoff Andrew

Lee’s movie counterpoints Mija’s curiosity, courage and generosity with the injustice, cruelty and complexity of the world she lives in, and does so to witty, affecting and very intelligent effect. Wisely, he steers clear of sentimentality – Mija is too firm and feisty a character to allow for that – and in this regard he is admirably served by a wonderful lead performance by Yun Junghee as Mija; sadly, it’s hard to imagine a British film focussing on such an elderly protagonist, let alone carrying it off so persuasively. But Lee gets things gloriously right, and Poetry is undoubtedly one of the best films in this year’s official competition.