Simon and the Oaks Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 13, 2012
A mildly engaging multi-layered story with very fine, heartfelt performances undermined by a banal screenplay and clunky directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.895/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 12, 2012
The classical music is soothing, the cinematography handsome and the acting strong, but the Swedish coming-of-age saga "Simon and the Oaks'' is burdened with a sappy, soap-opera-ish script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David DeWitt
New York Times
October 11, 2012
With its exhilarating World War II narrative and performances that touch notes intimate and grand, "Simon and the Oaks" has an exquisite, and epic, ache.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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October 11, 2012
It is what it is, which is emphatically not enough to bear the weight of genocide.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 11, 2012
Though it retains the narrative complexity of the Swedish bestseller on which it's based, WWII saga Simon and the Oaks never creates an emotional or intellectual throughline of its own.
Mark Adams
Screen International
October 10, 2012
Impressively staged, well performed and rich in melodrama.
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2012
The film is at its best when it lingers on intimacy and the characters' incompetency to manage it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 9, 2012
Ohlin enhances the historical melodramatics with immaculate period details, but the film never finds the right mix of the epic and the intimate-the personal as seen through the 20th century's Euro-geopolitical turmoil-that it aims for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Simon and the Oaks has all the superficial elements of compelling drama but none of the interiority; it looks like a good movie without ever actually feeling like one.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 8, 2012
The life of the mind trumps family ties in Swedish coming-of-age tale.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
October 8, 2012
Though the story does not seem to go into new or even unexpected territory it is engrossing and ultimately affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

Austin Chronicle
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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