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The Tree Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
[The Tree is] one of the most personally striking films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
March 18, 2012
[It] would be much easier to write off as silly and self-serious, if it weren't so involving.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
January 5, 2012
It's well worth seeing the performance of young Morgana Davies as Simone, a child who becomes convinced that her late father speaks and listens to her through the comforting branches of the tree next to her house.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 4, 2011
In the end, The Tree is something of a stretch; but it's a good stretch, a mix of mysticism and family dynamics both satisfying and intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 2, 2011
"The Tree" might have suffered from too much symbolism if not for writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch and Gainsbourg's appealing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
August 26, 2011
A wonderfully embraceable little film, one that is at turns honeysuckle-sweet, cherry blossom-delicate, and as comforting as the shade of a City Park oak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 25, 2011
Despite the potential for some supernatural grandiosity, the tone here remains understated and quiet, and Gainsbourg's performance feels lived-in, and deep, and right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2011
It's a quiet film and a quietly moving one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2011
The arboreal metaphor is overworked as the tree's roots choke off the rural home's water supply, but the story has a winning, fable-like directness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 11, 2011
Beautifully filmed in the harsh, dry landscape, "The Tree" is often mesmerizing...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 7, 2011
t may sound like a Stephen King horror yarn but The Tree's a meandering, mystical tale of dealing with a tragic loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 5, 2011
Expert at being riven, by grief, sex or just about anything else, Gainsbourg is as intense as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 4, 2011
Gainsbourg's skilful but customarily tense performance can make the whole thing a slightly brittle experience - imagine how Toni Collette might have warmed the general aura.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
August 4, 2011
Combining simple family drama with hints of understated magical realism, the feature sees grief-stricken mum of four Charlotte Gainsbourg struggling to get her life back on track following her husband's sudden death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 3, 2011
Unusual and endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 3, 2011
This is an emotionally engaging drama with strong performances, particularly from the child actors, but it's also a good twenty minutes too long and doesn't quite get the tone right, which leads to the occasional unintentionally hilarious moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
August 2, 2011
A tender, well sketched drama of familial reconnection that for the most part successfully balances the literal and metaphorical in its telling of coping with loss.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 1, 2011
By now it should be obvious that Gainsbourg is one of international cinema's most versatile portrayers of characters, as well as one of its most adventurous.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
August 1, 2011
An eerie and unsettling adaptation of Judy Pascoe's novel that impresses more for its atmospherics than its narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 21, 2011
It's not exactly subtle. But it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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