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The Tree of Life Reviews

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November 1, 2008
Vivid animation, illustrations and puppetry lighten up interviews and elementary reflections on a personal history of Jews in Italy, better left to a family reunion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
October 24, 2008
It's a sympathetic notion, to be sure, but it leaves one feeling you're on the couch with Volterra, not on a roots quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 23, 2008
[Volterra's] affinity for Italian stereotypes is countered with delightful truculence by the film's most engaging character, her down-to-earth octogenarian aunt Viviana.
September 15, 2008
While Hava probably gained a lot from the experience of making The Tree of Life, the audience will gain demonstrably less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 12, 2008
Ms. Volterra, acting as narrator and interviewee herself, can't seem to resist the urge to be the star of her own film, which too often feels like a wearisome exercise in self-therapy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2008
Yet another example of therapy masquerading as documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
September 9, 2008
It's clear why Volterra would have felt driven to make such a film. It's less clear why anyone not related to her would pay to see it.
September 7, 2008
Moments of uncommon creativity and poignancy, but often coming dangerously close to crossing the line between biopic and home movies.
May 5, 2008
...absorbing, mysterious, lyrical and distinctively titillating...a moody masterpiece that is thrillingly alarming...[a] tale of wandering hedonism and anguish
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2008
A character study about characters I never cared about, Tre features actors whose acting shows. Never for a minute did I buy that the characters they were trying to create were real.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
February 27, 2008
Smacks of an audition exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 19, 2008
There's a strange sort of vacuousness to Tre, Eric Byler's newest installment on relationships amidst directionless twentysomethings.
February 19, 2008
I think Byler is at his best when he directs material he writes on his own, and he's at the top of his game with Tre.
February 19, 2008
Byler has a knack for elegant composition, as well as the hazy middle ground between friendship and friendship with a sexual asterisk.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 15, 2008
Feels like a vanity project, or worse, like homework.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 14, 2008
[Byler] ventures into Douglas Sirk territory with astonishing skill (not an easy task), presenting this potential melodrama with gravity and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2008
A smart and incisive look at contemporary relationships that avoids all the cliches that one might expect to find
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 7, 2008
After a promising start with Charlotte Sometimes, Byler fumbles big time with this slow-moving, even irritating sophomore effort.
February 1, 2008
Less is decidedly less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 31, 2008
It's difficult to care who couples or uncouples throughout this relationship drama since the combinations are always completely unappealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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