The Tree Reviews

November 15, 2018
The heavy-handed use of symbolism is, at times, offensively patronising and cliched.
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.
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 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 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
Slow, overlong and short on emotion.
August 2, 2011
Initially promising, this Aussie weepie branches unconvincingly into magic realism, with symbolism so clunky it hampers Gainsbourg's involving turn.
July 28, 2011
It's simply vagueness.
July 20, 2011
A movie that's content to stand still.
Top Critic
July 15, 2011
In the end, the metaphor dominates. At every turn, the fig tree makes a statement.
July 15, 2011
[VIDEO] You won't laugh, won't cry, you won't care.
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.
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.
December 17, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
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.
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.
September 23, 2010
The Tree is a tame frolic in the rockpools of domestic mysticism... neither terribly bad nor remarkably good.