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The Olive Tree (El olivo) (2016)

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Critic Reviews for The Olive Tree (El olivo)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (3)

Commentary on a changing Europe underpins 'The Olive Tree', but the human relationships are most poignant here.

March 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A deceptively simple drama about a family and its thousand-year-old olive tree that is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is -- emotional truth -- The Olive Tree gets its hooks in early on, and then never lets up.

February 27, 2017 | Full Review…

An earthy, quietly stirring Spanish fable that finds familial, regional and environmental grievances inseparably tangled in its branches.

February 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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The trigger is a minor incident that triggers major significance and The Olive Tree ends as a joyful, life-affirming film that shows the power of personal conviction and positive action.

November 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Icíar Bollaín's The Olive Tree is a familial drama whose meandering tone and rather glib message mean that it never truly takes root.

December 28, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It is a deceptively well written film, with sly humour and well-earned pathos breaking out all over the show.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Olive Tree (El olivo)

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It is not always subtle when it comes to its drama and has an easy ending that makes it feel like it lacks something as a character study, but it compensates for that with a lot of heart, honesty and an intense performance by Anna Castillo to make it definitely worth it.

Carlos Magalhães
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