A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Reviews

  • Jul 22, 2020

    Not an enjoyable watch but the script and actors make it work.

    Not an enjoyable watch but the script and actors make it work.

  • Jan 04, 2020

    Maybe the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE. It's certainly up there; unbelievably moving, this may be Elia Kazan's greatest movie after all (and that's some mighty strong competition). Absolutely majestic. A total tear-jerker, starring primarily Peggy Ann Garner, as Francie (it's mostly through her eyes), but with outstanding performances as the rest of the family with Dorothy McGuire as Katie, the mother consumed with frustration, towards her husband for his drinking problem (who Francie loves more than anybody), him played by James Dunn (a certain scene about a kind of dreamer hits me hard, and is one of the greatest moments by him in this unbelievably great movie) and also fine supporting acting with Ted Donaldson as Neeley, her brother. Also with Joan Blondell as Katie's sister, as a husband-chaser (for lack of a better description), and Lloyd Nolan as Officer McShane, and... movies really don't get any better than THIS. Only someone with a heart of stone, so cynical, could fail to be moved to tears by this movie. It's in a class of its own, world-class greatness.

    Maybe the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE. It's certainly up there; unbelievably moving, this may be Elia Kazan's greatest movie after all (and that's some mighty strong competition). Absolutely majestic. A total tear-jerker, starring primarily Peggy Ann Garner, as Francie (it's mostly through her eyes), but with outstanding performances as the rest of the family with Dorothy McGuire as Katie, the mother consumed with frustration, towards her husband for his drinking problem (who Francie loves more than anybody), him played by James Dunn (a certain scene about a kind of dreamer hits me hard, and is one of the greatest moments by him in this unbelievably great movie) and also fine supporting acting with Ted Donaldson as Neeley, her brother. Also with Joan Blondell as Katie's sister, as a husband-chaser (for lack of a better description), and Lloyd Nolan as Officer McShane, and... movies really don't get any better than THIS. Only someone with a heart of stone, so cynical, could fail to be moved to tears by this movie. It's in a class of its own, world-class greatness.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    An absolute masterpiece. Written well and performed well by each and every actor.

    An absolute masterpiece. Written well and performed well by each and every actor.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    Very moving without being sentimental. It is not often in New York films that it is about working class families. The only flaw is that the dad is not reliable and more a dreamer. Not all working class dad are inresponsible. Great cast. Peggy Ann Garner is best in this film so is Joan Blondell. I can not compare it to the book since I have not yet read it.

    Very moving without being sentimental. It is not often in New York films that it is about working class families. The only flaw is that the dad is not reliable and more a dreamer. Not all working class dad are inresponsible. Great cast. Peggy Ann Garner is best in this film so is Joan Blondell. I can not compare it to the book since I have not yet read it.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    This is an absolutely beautiful, moving film with pitch-perfect, deeply touching performances all around. . . The quintessential story of a first, American-born generation of an immigrant family & the tough road so many have faced.

    This is an absolutely beautiful, moving film with pitch-perfect, deeply touching performances all around. . . The quintessential story of a first, American-born generation of an immigrant family & the tough road so many have faced.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    Wonderful family drama with very impressive and moving performances for that era. Great directorial debut for Kazan!

    Wonderful family drama with very impressive and moving performances for that era. Great directorial debut for Kazan!

  • Aug 21, 2019

    Peggy Ann Garner and Dorothy McGuire give great performances in this compulsively watchable classic film. Elia Kazan's first film is one of his best.

    Peggy Ann Garner and Dorothy McGuire give great performances in this compulsively watchable classic film. Elia Kazan's first film is one of his best.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan, Peggy Ann Garner, Ted Donaldson, James Gleason, Ruth Nelson, John Alexander. All one needs to view this 1945 near-masterpiece is an appreciation for brilliant film-making. I assure you, you will lose yourself completely in the story of the Nolan family, a humble, impoverished Irish-American family holding on by mere threads in 1900 New York. Director Elia Kazan's first film experience is often overlooked by his magnificent cinematic efforts in years to come (`A Streetcar Named Desire' and `East of Eden'), which is hardly fair. So much heart has gone into this emotional piece of Americana

    Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan, Peggy Ann Garner, Ted Donaldson, James Gleason, Ruth Nelson, John Alexander. All one needs to view this 1945 near-masterpiece is an appreciation for brilliant film-making. I assure you, you will lose yourself completely in the story of the Nolan family, a humble, impoverished Irish-American family holding on by mere threads in 1900 New York. Director Elia Kazan's first film experience is often overlooked by his magnificent cinematic efforts in years to come (`A Streetcar Named Desire' and `East of Eden'), which is hardly fair. So much heart has gone into this emotional piece of Americana

  • Aug 02, 2019

    A beautiful, raw story

    A beautiful, raw story

  • Jan 26, 2019

    The best inspiring movie ever made!

    The best inspiring movie ever made!