The Thorn in the Heart Reviews

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April 1, 2010
The film's opening -- a family dinner where favorite dishes are discussed -- suggests a liveliness that the film never fully realizes
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
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 31, 2010
Gondry makes you look into the screen -- makes you invest -- during an era when most moviemakers simply want to distract you.
March 30, 2010
A frequently mundane ramble that doesn't often put its raison d'tre on the screen.
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.
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.
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