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Simon and the Oaks Reviews

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November 13, 2012
Contains more than one emotionally potent scene and never takes the easy shortcuts.
November 9, 2012
Significant enough to be name-checked in the title, the trees hang over the film, threatening to impose heavy metaphor on what is otherwise a straightforward family saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 9, 2012
"Simon and the Oaks" branches out in ways unusual and interesting enough to hold your attention and then even shake it a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 8, 2012
The German occupation barely makes an impression in Lisa Ohlin's sluggish adaptation of Marianne Fredriksson's novel.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2012
The sheer sincerity of everyone concerned bolsters the whole enterprise so that Ohlin's historical novel-on-film holds us.
November 1, 2012
Simon and the Oaks is a lot of things, but above all, it is too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
October 26, 2012
So much is thrown at the audience, it makes it difficult to focus or choose the important points in this sprawling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2012
"Simon and the Oaks" is not merely the story of two boys from opposite sides of the tracks. It's also a larger meditation on life's hardships and what endures: love, art and civilization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 26, 2012
What starts off as an intriguing coming-of-age story, ends up being a convoluted movie with too many characters having problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 25, 2012
With its fool's-gold cinematography, over-emphatic musical score and self-important protagonist, "Simon and the Oaks" is a puny acorn that dreams it's a towering achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 25, 2012
[A] lush, handsomely crafted middlebrow epic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2012
Foreign-film comfort food...at its best in exploring the psychology of the adopted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2012
Loses steam the longer it tries to articulate uninteresting asides, with the effort's coming of age inclination best served on an intimate scale of unspoken tragedy. Inflating the troubles only emphasizes storytelling shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 25, 2012
Think about climbing a tree instead.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 22, 2012
A sensitive character study chronicling the considerable challenge of coming-of-age Jewish with the specter of the Third Reich lurking just over the horizon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2012
Simon and The Oaks covers the various paths taken by a sensitive and smart boy and then young man in his quest for meaning.
October 18, 2012
It's a warmly done family and personal drama that seems to cover familiar territory, but only up to a point and very much in its own way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2012
With beautiful period trappings and picturesque backdrops, the film doesn't skimp on visual details, though the resulting product is inert.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 18, 2012
Poetic, romantic and idealistic, it begins in 1939 and concludes after the end of World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 14, 2012
Arthouse appreciation will depend on a given viewer's tolerance for broad-strokes melodrama of intertwined fates that lacks the ambition and emotional complications of many similar screen works.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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