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Simon and the Oaks Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
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-
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 2, 2012
The sheer sincerity of everyone concerned bolsters the whole enterprise so that Ohlin's historical novel-on-film holds us.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 25, 2012
[A] lush, handsomely crafted middlebrow epic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 12, 2012
The classical music is soothing, the cinematography handsome and the acting strong, but the Swedish coming-of-age saga "Simon and the Oaks'' is burdened with a sappy, soap-opera-ish script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David DeWitt
New York Times
October 11, 2012
With its exhilarating World War II narrative and performances that touch notes intimate and grand, "Simon and the Oaks" has an exquisite, and epic, ache.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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October 11, 2012
It is what it is, which is emphatically not enough to bear the weight of genocide.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 11, 2012
Though it retains the narrative complexity of the Swedish bestseller on which it's based, WWII saga Simon and the Oaks never creates an emotional or intellectual throughline of its own.
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David Fear
Time Out
October 9, 2012
Ohlin enhances the historical melodramatics with immaculate period details, but the film never finds the right mix of the epic and the intimate-the personal as seen through the 20th century's Euro-geopolitical turmoil-that it aims for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Simon and the Oaks has all the superficial elements of compelling drama but none of the interiority; it looks like a good movie without ever actually feeling like one.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 8, 2012
The life of the mind trumps family ties in Swedish coming-of-age tale.