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The Tree Reviews

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Ben Gook
The Vine
September 23, 2010
The Tree is a tame frolic in the rockpools of domestic mysticism... neither terribly bad nor remarkably good.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2011
While there's a fine line between the sacred and kitschy, Julie Bertuccelli's film nearly always falls on the latter half of the divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
August 4, 2011
Slow, overlong and short on emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 23, 2010
It leaves me unmoved, although I can see why it appeals to some, with its ethereal touches, its internal workings and its cute children, all wrapped in the melancholy story of a husband and father taken too soon from them in an outback accident.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 29, 2010
In spite of its exotic backing, the movie floats along like many of the drippier local dramas of the past decade, more content to tread water than make a splash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
July 15, 2011
[VIDEO] You won't laugh, won't cry, you won't care.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 4, 2011
The characters grandstand and goof off with increasing glumness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 17, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2011
It's simply vagueness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 8, 2011
By the time we reach the climactic ending, the script clearly calls for an exorcist with a chainsaw to trim back this metaphor run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
July 15, 2011
In the end, the metaphor dominates. At every turn, the fig tree makes a statement.
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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 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
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
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
The Tree is a warm, modern-day fable that avoids schmaltzy sentimentality ... It deals with death and grief not with rose-tinted glasses, but with painful clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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