The Tree Reviews

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January 8, 2019
You can probably guess what happens. But the standard-issue life-after-death flick is worth watching just for Gainsbourg.
November 15, 2018
The heavy-handed use of symbolism is, at times, offensively patronising and cliched.
October 17, 2013
[The Tree is] one of the most personally striking films of the year.
March 18, 2012
[It] would be much easier to write off as silly and self-serious, if it weren't so involving.
January 5, 2012
It's well worth seeing the performance of young Morgana Davies as Simone, a child who becomes convinced that her late father speaks and listens to her through the comforting branches of the tree next to her house.
November 4, 2011
In the end, The Tree is something of a stretch; but it's a good stretch, a mix of mysticism and family dynamics both satisfying and intriguing.
September 30, 2011
Pacing problems and shallow psychological inquiries plague this film almost as much as the overworked metaphor that supplies the film's title.
September 2, 2011
"The Tree" might have suffered from too much symbolism if not for writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch and Gainsbourg's appealing performance.
August 26, 2011
A wonderfully embraceable little film, one that is at turns honeysuckle-sweet, cherry blossom-delicate, and as comforting as the shade of a City Park oak.
August 25, 2011
Despite the potential for some supernatural grandiosity, the tone here remains understated and quiet, and Gainsbourg's performance feels lived-in, and deep, and right.
August 19, 2011
It's a quiet film and a quietly moving one.
August 15, 2011
The destructive nature of the family's inability to move on from the past starts being heavily telegraphed by characters having heart-to-hearts with the tree's branches, or those same branches invading the house in calamitous ways.
August 14, 2011
Despite its eccentric, boldly obvious central metaphor, the film feels bland and oddly inconsequential.
August 11, 2011
Beautifully filmed in the harsh, dry landscape, "The Tree" is often mesmerizing...
August 7, 2011
t may sound like a Stephen King horror yarn but The Tree's a meandering, mystical tale of dealing with a tragic loss.
August 7, 2011
The symbolism is both crude and vague, the atmosphere dreary, and not before time there comes a tornado to solve everyone's problems.
August 5, 2011
Expert at being riven, by grief, sex or just about anything else, Gainsbourg is as intense as ever.
August 4, 2011
The imagery is almost unendurably self-conscious, and Gainsbourg, with her low, musical, murmuring voice, gives the kind of performance you suspect she can do standing on her head. Her final lines are irritating beyond belief.
August 4, 2011
The characters grandstand and goof off with increasing glumness.
August 4, 2011
Gainsbourg's skilful but customarily tense performance can make the whole thing a slightly brittle experience - imagine how Toni Collette might have warmed the general aura.
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