The Learning Tree Reviews

June 30, 2020
The Learning Tree gives the viewer breathing room, an opportunity to both take it in and leave it. And considering the film's subject matter, that is a sizable achievement.
August 25, 2011
Falls into the path of giving a message more than it does letting things emerge organically.
August 5, 2009
Forty years ago, pioneer Gordon Parks had to step with extra care filming 'The Learning Tree' lest the door shut behind him.
December 17, 2007
October 16, 2007
Visually beautiful and moving.
October 16, 2007
The Learning Tree is a sentimental, sometimes awkward, but ultimately moving film about the growing-up of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s.
October 4, 2005
June 18, 2005
May 9, 2005
The restraint, the composure, the sufficiency of the sentimental gesture constitute a small gift for memory and a real victory in the first stages of this filmmaker's career.
October 23, 2004
Low key, powerful story
August 16, 2003
Touching autobiographical story with brilliant cinematography.
January 1, 2000
It's conventional and rather toothless.