The Thorn in the Heart Reviews

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.
December 9, 2010
Even as a fan, I found it very self-indulgent.
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 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 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.
April 1, 2010
The film's opening -- a family dinner where favorite dishes are discussed -- suggests a liveliness that the film never fully realizes
March 31, 2010
You can see that he meant it to be a toasty slice of nostalgia - and for Gondry, it surely is. For us, The Thorn in the Heart is more like a home movie of a family reunion we weren't invited to.
March 31, 2010
Watching Thorn is like being helplessly locked out of an inside joke.
March 30, 2010
A frequently mundane ramble that doesn't often put its raison d'tre on the screen.
May 17, 2009
Inevitably smaller-scaled than his mind-bendingly creative features, this moving but far from revelatory portrait of a beloved family figure registers as too slight and personal for significant theatrical play.
May 16, 2009
The title raises expectations of angst a-plenty, but the tone throughout is one of warm regard; you could make a documentary about some random octogenarian plucked off the street and have a good shot at stumbling onto a more eventful and interesting life.
May 16, 2009
"The Thorn in My Heart" should be intriguing to all who know the family, as well as to cineastes yonder at the arty film schools who will lap up its elliptical/self-reflexive style. Normal people will simply walk out on it.