...a smashingly effective, almost operatic melodrama, with exploding shells providing the crescendos.
—David Chute LA Weekly
What makes it of more than ordinary interest is also the way the film successfully combines audience-friendly sentimentality with absolutely grueling combat footage and an unexpected but unmistakable hostility toward the entire notion of war.
—Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
...an extraordinary film...
—Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune
...the film offers Western viewers rare access to another country's innermost anxieties and contradictions, and as such is a fascinating document.
—Dave Kehr New York Times
Not only is this cinematic take on the Korean War bloodier than M*A*S*H, at times it makes another of its forebears, the famously graphic Saving Private Ryan, look like South Pacific.
—Gregory Kirschling Entertainment Weekly
Director Je-guy Kang liberally borrows from Hollywood's chest of combat movie cliches, yet this tale of two brothers torn apart by the Korean War manages to overcome formula and deliver a genuine emotional wallop.
—Ethan Alter TV Guide
...attempts to portray the horrors of the Korean War though simple immersion. Bullets whiz, limbs fly, skulls burst, and no one walks into the sunset toward a happy ending.
—Keith Phipps Onion AV Club
In the rare moments when a rifle, grenade, howitzer, bayonet, dagger, fist, land mine, or flamethrower isn't being deployed, the film pushes its melodramatic plotline with soap operatic shamelessness.
—Ed Park Village Voice