The Butterfly Tree Reviews

February 15, 2020
Given how lush Priscilla Cameron's debut feature The Butterfly Tree appears, it's a real shame that the material at hand doesn't match its aesthetic.
March 11, 2019
Cameron strives for a quirky magic realism that she can't quite pull off. The leads are all fine, and some of the photography achieves an iridescent wonder. But the film's plotting is messy and its tone uneven.
June 28, 2018
If occasional forays into CGI fantasy betray the low budget, the production design and cinematography are, for the most part, gorgeous.
December 15, 2017
With its melodramatic highs and lows, The Butterfly Tree is every bit as adolescent and as troubled as its protagonist.
November 29, 2017
Set in a quiet rural town, this visually rich romantic triangle puts a sharp edge on the usual coming-of-age template
November 22, 2017
Cameron may be an expert when it comes to creating visual magic but images aren't everything. Words do matter.
October 20, 2017
It is a bold and promising work, rich in imagery and led by uniformly strong performances.
September 29, 2017
Oedipal wackiness, arch stabs at farce, and nickel-and-dime fantasy frolics ensue, producing a seriously disagreeable stir of unmixable narrative and stylistic ingredients.
August 31, 2017
While The Butterfly Tree is a marvel to behold with its gorgeous style and cinematography, the underwritten characters and tropey plot undermine it.
August 30, 2017
Saddles its story with too much obviousness and convenience to have the desired impact.
Top Critic
August 26, 2017
The heart-in-hand sincerity of its worldview is what makes the film endearing and aggravating by turns.
August 23, 2017
This rather underpowered tale of sexual awakening and grief proceeds at a leisurely pace before a couple of late scenes that strive to outdo each other for sheer melodramatic overreach.
August 14, 2017
The air and aroma of The Butterfly Tree is slushy and thick, so thick you could cut it with a knife.