Simon and the Oaks Reviews

January 22, 2013
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 8, 2012
The German occupation barely makes an impression in Lisa Ohlin's sluggish adaptation of Marianne Fredriksson's novel.
November 1, 2012
Simon and the Oaks is a lot of things, but above all, it is too much.
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
Think about climbing a tree instead.
October 18, 2012
With beautiful period trappings and picturesque backdrops, the film doesn't skimp on visual details, though the resulting product is inert.
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.
October 13, 2012
A mildly engaging multi-layered story with very fine, heartfelt performances undermined by a banal screenplay and clunky directing.
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.
October 11, 2012
It is what it is, which is emphatically not enough to bear the weight of genocide.
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.
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.
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.