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The Tree Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
[The Tree is] one of the most personally striking films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
March 18, 2012
[It] would be much easier to write off as silly and self-serious, if it weren't so involving.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2011
It's a quiet film and a quietly moving one.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2011
The arboreal metaphor is overworked as the tree's roots choke off the rural home's water supply, but the story has a winning, fable-like directness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
August 14, 2011
Despite its eccentric, boldly obvious central metaphor, the film feels bland and oddly inconsequential.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 11, 2011
Beautifully filmed in the harsh, dry landscape, "The Tree" is often mesmerizing...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 5, 2011
Expert at being riven, by grief, sex or just about anything else, Gainsbourg is as intense as ever.
| Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 4, 2011
The characters grandstand and goof off with increasing glumness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
August 4, 2011
Slow, overlong and short on emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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