A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Faithful adaptation of classic family story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeremy Heilman
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
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TIME Magazine
December 5, 2008
A sober and reasonably truthful story of life among the lowly.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 17, 2007
It's a grim tearjerker told with great love and tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
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.

TV Guide
December 4, 2006
This episodic, charmingly sentimental movie is a trifle lengthy but never tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 3, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

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.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 13, 2002
This family has a great deal of love but a lot of difficulty showing it.
| Original Score: A-
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