A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Reviews

July 18, 2019
A poignant drama.
December 21, 2010
Faithful adaptation of classic family story.
April 8, 2009
Kazan's first film, a sentimental family melodrama, is well acted (James Dunn won a Supporting Oscar), but it doesn't begin to suggest the powerful director he would become in the 1950s.
February 15, 2009
Rarely has the dream factory lavished such skill on such destitution and such insistence that people are not really that changeable in nature.
Top Critic
December 5, 2008
A sober and reasonably truthful story of life among the lowly.
December 17, 2007
It's a grim tearjerker told with great love and tenderness.
November 1, 2007
Where Tree is frequently slow, it is offset by the story's significance and pointed up notably by the direction of Elia Kazan.
December 4, 2006
This episodic, charmingly sentimental movie is a trifle lengthy but never tedious.
October 9, 2005
December 3, 2003
August 22, 2003
May 24, 2003
Kazan's film has a sharp eye for social detail, but avoids giving occulted status to the peeling paper, damp walls and austere kitchen table.
May 20, 2003
Elia Kazan has directed this picture, his first, with an easy naturalness that has brought out all the tone of real experience in a vastly affecting film.
July 30, 2002
July 25, 2002
April 13, 2002
This family has a great deal of love but a lot of difficulty showing it.