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Evergreen

Evergreen (2003)

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53

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 9

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Writer/director Enid Zentelis makes her feature-length debut with the coming-of-age drama Evergreen, shot on-location in Seattle, WA. Teenager Henri (Addie Land) and her single mother Kate (Cara Seymour) move in with Henri's grandmother (Lynn Cohen) in a crumbling old house. Kate works at a factory but the working-poor household just barely gets by. Henri goes to a new school and meets Chat Turly (Noah Fleiss), a wealthy boy from an upscale family. Welcomed with open arms, Henri falls in love

PG-13,

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Enid Zentelis

Nov 10, 2009

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (20)

Zentelis' affection for her characters and the clear-eyed honesty of her storytelling glides us through any unsubtleties.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Aiming for simplicity, it ends up simplistic.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Observant, touching, funny and smart.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Serves as a small, heartfelt corrective to all the tween fantasies being sold this year.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Although Zentelis doesn't always nail the strange rhythms of real life, she does show that she's on the right track.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Newcomer Land is a find, performing with guileless naturalism and resilient dignity.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Thought-provoking film about social class; teens+.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Evergreen is composed of standard teleplay material that fails to surprise and engage at almost every turn.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The movie comes to a satisfactory conclusion teaching the lesson that things aren't always as good as they look.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

The dialogue is on-the-nose and its lessons are pedestrian, but the film remains a "working poor-trait" of poignancy and grace due to Addie Land's unself-conscious turn.

October 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Dreary and amateurish.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

A solid, affectionately told drama, at times wavering the line of excellent, that only disappoints when it doesn't add up to the fully-realized catharsis it is aiming for.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Rife with clichés and precocious artsy-craft.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Aufmuth.com
Aufmuth.com

While the film has striking moments, it feels padded with events that seem freighted with narrative weight but end up not mattering at all to the story.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This modest coming-of-age story eschews poor-little- poor-girl emotionalism in favor of carefully observed moments that slowly build in power.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

It's a shame, because this could have been one of those little movies that made you feel so much for a young girl's struggle to find her place - this didn't.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

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