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The Tree Reviews

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Sloan Freer
Radio Times
August 4, 2011
Combining simple family drama with hints of understated magical realism, the feature sees grief-stricken mum of four Charlotte Gainsbourg struggling to get her life back on track following her husband's sudden death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 3, 2011
Unusual and endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 3, 2011
This is an emotionally engaging drama with strong performances, particularly from the child actors, but it's also a good twenty minutes too long and doesn't quite get the tone right, which leads to the occasional unintentionally hilarious moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
August 2, 2011
A tender, well sketched drama of familial reconnection that for the most part successfully balances the literal and metaphorical in its telling of coping with loss.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
August 2, 2011
Initially promising, this Aussie weepie branches unconvincingly into magic realism, with symbolism so clunky it hampers Gainsbourg's involving turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 1, 2011
By now it should be obvious that Gainsbourg is one of international cinema's most versatile portrayers of characters, as well as one of its most adventurous.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
August 1, 2011
An eerie and unsettling adaptation of Judy Pascoe's novel that impresses more for its atmospherics than its narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2011
It's simply vagueness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 21, 2011
It's not exactly subtle. But it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2011
Bertuccelli uses the scrubbed topography of Queensland, Australia, to mostly eloquent effect, although her mystical symbols can be as on-the-nose as her dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 21, 2011
What makes The Tree feel like a movie about actual people and not just writer's constructs are the powerful performances by Gainsbourg and young Davies.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 21, 2011
This is an easy movie to watch. If only Julie Bertuccelli had more trust in her most interesting stuff.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 20, 2011
A movie that's content to stand still.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
July 19, 2011
The film succeeds most when it sticks to a detached naturalism, both in long shots of the landscape and the interactions of the subdued, complex characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
July 19, 2011
Bertucelli, who previously made Since Otar Left, extracts heart-felt performances from her cast, especially Gainsbourg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
July 15, 2011
Is the tone sentimental? Yes, but only as much as the material requires-no insulin is necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 15, 2011
In the end, the metaphor dominates. At every turn, the fig tree makes a statement.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 15, 2011
[VIDEO] You won't laugh, won't cry, you won't care.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 15, 2011
"The Tree" falls short of being revelatory, yet has a mysterious, sturdy power that grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 15, 2011
"The Tree" is slow-moving, but if given a chance, it will (pardon the pun) grow on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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