The Thorn in the Heart Reviews

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November 6, 2018
The Thorn in the Heart is interesting but never involving. It's a home movie in the truest sense - something for Michel Gondry to watch in his living room, not to play in public.
February 1, 2011
This is an interesting vignette. Even if nostalgia and flights of fancy cause Gondry to lose focus.
December 13, 2010
Captures the complexities at the heart of any family, with great generosity of spirit.
December 10, 2010
The exploration of the complicated relationship between mother and son provides the most compelling, emotionally grounded moments within the film.
December 9, 2010
Even as a fan, I found it very self-indulgent.
December 9, 2010
Its rambling structure, peppered with lyrical, magical-realist asides, may not be to all tastes, but there's a sense that Gondry wants this to be more than an eccentric personal portrait...
December 8, 2010
A touching insight into a family's inner workings.
August 21, 2010
We can recognize the portrait for its intimacy and appreciation of the challenges of a life lived, but it doesn't have any other real pull.
August 11, 2010
(Gondry's) playfulness keeps the film buoyant even as it delves into the thickets of emotional complications of family lives.
May 27, 2010
Gondry's masterful technique and subtle genre-tweaking almost make one forget that there isn't much drama to the story...
May 13, 2010
Brimming with affection and beautifully shot, but it builds a flimsy case for why it matters.
April 9, 2010
Anyone can make a crappy home movie, but it takes an especially self-important one to think anyone other than their own family wants to watch it.
April 5, 2010
Thorn is Gondry's most personal film, so personal as to be indulgent. But what emerges is his sincere affection for his aunt and a moving emotional experience.
April 5, 2010
This is an extraordinary film.
April 3, 2010
Stylishly filmed, [but] too slight, lazy and not nearly as moving or insightful as it could have been with more piercing and provocative interviews.
April 3, 2010
Like a guest invited to a family reunion, you feel a bit uncomfortable, question why you're there and wonder how long the event will last.
April 2, 2010
As Mr. Gondry unfolds the story of her life, and of her inability to connect with the son she sees as weak, you can understand why it would consume a family(TM)s interest, but you(TM)re not sure why he thought it would pique ours.
April 2, 2010
The movie rarely flags, but it is hard to get past the notion that what is onscreen is nothing more than an artfully made home movie and that the Gondry family saga is no more interesting than that of the average loving, if somewhat dysfunctional family.
April 2, 2010
So-so documentary about filmmaker Michel Gondry's gregarious elderly aunt and her reminiscences of family and long years teaching kids in rural France. Clearly a joy for nephew Gondry and his aunt, but maybe this should have been kept en famille.
April 2, 2010
The film is well-constructed, as one would expect from Gondry, but it offers little reason for anyone outside the family circle to care about dear old Tante Suzette.
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