The Last Tree Reviews

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September 26, 2019
[A] sombre, yet heartfelt and warmly acted drama...
September 25, 2019
The work of a natural-born moviemaker.
September 25, 2019
Amoo presents a far more sensitive representation of the black British experience than is often seen on screen, challenging his audience to confront their own prejudices along the way.
September 23, 2019
The coming-of-age template is taken to an audacious place - Amoo's introspective portrait of a conflicted boy is 
ripe with tangible frustration and poetry that colours the picture with striking empathy.
September 23, 2019
As with his debut feature 'A Moving Image', a spikily insightful look at gentrification in Brixton, Amoo is always looking to subvert lazy cultural assumptions.
August 23, 2019
The film is beautiful to look at, and is often moving, but it also feels somewhat incomplete.
August 21, 2019
The Last Tree really makes us feel the systemic troubles Femi faces.
June 7, 2019
An acomplished and absorbing film. Writer-director Shola Amoo understands the many ways a teenager needs to belong; Sam Adewunmi is a captivating and charismatic lead.
June 5, 2019
The Last Tree should be appreciated for its willingness to try new ideas in order to enliven and alter the bare bones of its coming-of-age tale .
June 4, 2019
Shola Amoo delivers a fine exploration of the loss of identity and the multiple external and internal pressures which go to rebuild it.
June 3, 2019
This is smart, thought-provoking filmmaking.
May 30, 2019
The Last Tree is gripping and meaningful.
February 11, 2019
An elliptical look at hard changes in a young man's life.
February 8, 2019
The late detour to Lagos is also poignant and adds another emotional layer to Femi's heritage, and... there is a complexity and a profound investigation that is often missing in similar stories of teen angst - and for that he should be commended.
February 2, 2019
He ensures we recognize the mother and son as headstrong, their stubbornness leading to mistakes and also the precedent for their refusal to ever be contrite.
February 1, 2019
'The Last Tree' is a stunning and important narrative. It just has a little issue of trying too hard to be an 'If Beale Street Could Talk' when it should be content with being a 'Crooklyn'.
January 28, 2019
A movie I am going to recommend to all of my friends and family.
January 27, 2019
Newcomer Sam Adewunmi captures Femi's anger but also his loneliness - a desperate longing to forge his own path, but also to fit in with his family and friends.
January 25, 2019
The Last Tree is visually lyrical in its approach to an oft-told story. Yet while the narrative can hit familiar beats as it tracks a teen through a family crisis, there's also a sense of freshness here...
Top Critic
January 25, 2019
Thoughtfully alternates universal adolescent insecurities with urgently specific minority politics - filtered through a first-person perspective that itself oscillates between furious clarity and vivid confusion.
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