Simon and the Oaks Synopsis
Simon and Isak's families become intertwined in unexpected ways as war wages across Europe.
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The New York Times

With its exhilarating World War II narrative and performances that touch notes intimate and grand, Simon and the Oaks has an exquisite, and...
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88

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Simon and the Oaks is not merely the story of two boys from opposite sides of the tracks. It's also a larger meditation on life's hardships...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is unabashedly sentimental and epic, and rather bold in the way it takes place during and after the Holocaust but is not defined by it.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
The film is at its best when it lingers on intimacy and the characters' incompetency to manage it.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Alternates languidly between wistful nostalgia and a more clear-eyed assessment of its protagonist's choices.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
The film never finds the right mix of the epic and the intimate - the personal as seen through the 20th century's Euro-geopolitical turmoil...
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The classical music is soothing, the cinematography handsome and the acting strong, but the Swedish coming-of-age saga Simon and the Oaks...
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
It's as if there's a missing reel of film that could tie the story together and give it the emotional impact it takes for granted.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
It's a sumptuously mounted melodrama that aims to make a big statement about big themes, but a stilted quality in the filmmaking drags it...
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50

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Worst of all is the hitching of all this extravagant suffering to an inspirational ending filled with sweet regret, healing hope and some...
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Gripping Swedish family drama unfolds around the time of WWII

By pedsarq
This is a different kind of WW II movie that focuses on family life in the Swedish countryside around the time of the war. It's a movie about forbidden love and the love a parent shows to children...

A Most Unusual Family Drama.

By Alon Patterson
Just when you think you've seen every possible formula for the "family angst" film genre, along comes something new. Thought provoking isn't the way one would usually describe a film of this subject...

"Simon and the Oaks"

By Let's Talk Off-Broadway
This is a terrific movie that I think hasn't been well understood. It's a rich family saga with REAL characters, iit takes up important ideas, it's beautifully acted and directed, and completely...

By itz
Beautiful and amazing character development. Full of very complex emotions. A terrific movie....

Simon gets in touch with his Oak Tree

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By milou10044
What a slow boiling soap opera!...