The Thorn in the Heart Reviews

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...
May 13, 2010
Brimming with affection and beautifully shot, but it builds a flimsy case for why it matters.
April 5, 2010
This is an extraordinary film.
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 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 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.
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.