The Thorn in the Heart Reviews

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
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.
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
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 1, 2010
The Thorn In The Heart's home-movie-style images are frequently lovely and the film has flashes of poignancy, but Gondry never fully gets across why the specifics of this family history should interest anyone outside his circle.
March 31, 2010
Gondry makes you look into the screen -- makes you invest -- during an era when most moviemakers simply want to distract you.
March 24, 2010
while I don't begrudge the esteemed director pursuing a subject slightly closer to home, I reserve the right to not want to watch it myself
May 17, 2009
Thorn In The Heart reads like an honest, considered portrait of a remarkable woman, but it's not much more than an amuse-bouche for Gondry fans.