"One of the year's most delightful films."
— Nicholas Barber, BBC.com
"Absorbing and heartwarming, it’s easy to forget that this tender drama is about human trafficking."
— Iana Murray, The Playlist
"Broker marks another minor miracle from writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, featuring another one of his makeshift families."
— Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"In Broker, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s made a quiet road trip film about some gentle souls in difficult situations and the makeshift family they become."
— Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
"Bittersweet and beautiful, Broker sits easily amongst Kore-eda’s finest films, and as one of the best filmmakers working today that is surely saying something."
— Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ Women on Film
"By Kore-eda's gentle standards, "Broker" is a more suspenseful, plot-driven affair than usual, but the enormity of his compassion and melancholy air remain undiminished."
— Tim Grierson, Screen International
"Every baby deserves to be loved and taken care of, but so does every adult. Broker does an impressive job of articulating how these two truths are inextricably intertwined."
— Kayti Burt, Paste Magazine
"The performances are uniformly alive and the characters fully inhabited, with genuine satisfaction to be had from the whole-cloth nature of the proceedings. It feels well lived in."
— Todd McCarthy, Deadline Hollywood Daily
"When it all comes together it proves to be yet another poetic and patient cinematic reflection on the families we build for ourselves from one of the best observers of humanity to ever do it."
— Chase Hutchinson, Collider
"The execution of this premise is, somehow, miraculous in its sensitivity, asking questions about issues of ethics, of choice, of money, and murder, and family, and how to find love in all this sorry mess."
— Ella Kemp, indieWire
"'Broker' doesn’t feel overplotted, overly cute or excessively melodramatic. Kore-Eda has an emotionally direct style, a way of fusing naturalism and fable that recalls the neorealist magic of Vittorio De Sica."
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Broker keeps on getting funnier and knottier as secret motives are revealed, sympathies shift, mysteries deepen and dangers multiply. It is, on one level, a farcical crime caper, but it is so elegantly plotted that it never seems contrived."
— Nicholas Barber, BBC
"It’s one of the master’s most transparent and — when it comes to confrontations about what parents, and specifically women, can or should do for themselves and for the babies they are forever bound to — brave films of his career."
— Ella Kemp, IndieWire
"The magic of Kore-eda's film is that viewers will experience considerable affection for his film's characters and Woo-sung's well-being. This is a highly satisfying drama about love, families and forgiveness, starting over and creating a better life."
— Gary M. Kramer, Salon.com
"As often with Kore-eda’s pictures, Broker is about family, but it extends beyond that theme to talk about fundamental aspects of life — the need to belong, the hope of connecting with likeminded souls, and the desire to find a place called home."
— Tim Grierson, Screen Daily
"Broker marks a thematic continuation of career-length fascination with alternative families and the legal, social, and philosophical values that paint such complicated ethical portraits of them. The director still has plenty to say, and does so quite eloquently."
— Luke Hicks, The Film Stage
"There’s certainly enough potential mayhem, desperation and danger here (including the gangsters on Sang-hyeon’s tail) for 'Broker' to have become a dark, propulsive action-drama, in another filmmaker’s hands. But Kore-eda focuses on — and mines — the grace notes, better angels and soulfulness of his characters in such lovely and relatable ways that we’re grateful for his humanistic, more empathetic priorities."
— Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times