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The Tree of Life Reviews

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 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 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.
February 27, 2008
Smacks of an audition exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 1, 2008
Less is decidedly less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 31, 2008
Unlike most indie dramas about rudderless 20-somethings who exorcise their hang-ups by talking and screwing each other to death, Tre is something rare: a perceptive, nonindulgent chamber piece that wrings a little art from that anxious age.
March 24, 2007
Tale of a 30ish quartet at personal crossroads in the wealthy, idyllic Santa Monica Mountains sports juicy conflicts and prickly dialogue, though the directorial approach remains judiciously low-key.