Simon and the Oaks Reviews

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September 23, 2020
It's simply a good film that could have been so much more.
August 6, 2019
It hits all the right notes amid potentially cliched elements, adding up to a film of beguiling skill with a surprising emotional punch.
December 20, 2018
It deserves credit for exploring a familiar tragedy in a new way, giving Swedes and non-Swedes alike much to think about as we consider our culpability in the many crimes, small and large, humanity is sadly still capable of committing.
January 22, 2013
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.
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.
November 8, 2012
The German occupation barely makes an impression in Lisa Ohlin's sluggish adaptation of Marianne Fredriksson's novel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 25, 2012
Foreign-film comfort food...at its best in exploring the psychology of the adopted.
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.
October 25, 2012
Think about climbing a tree instead.
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.
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.
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