80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
This is an extraordinary film.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
A quiet, unglamorous film that sneaks up on you slowly. I found it had a lovely, peculiar emotional resonance by the time it was over, but it's likely to appeal more to documentary buffs and obsessive Gondry fans than ordinary moviegoers.
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50

Los Angeles Times

Gondry captures the leafy radiance of the countryside, and he makes judicious use of special-effects whimsies. But this memory piece will have far more resonance for the Gondry family than for anyone else.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The film is well-constructed, as one would expect from Gondry, but it offers little reason for anyone outside the family circle to care about dear old Tante Suzette.
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50

The New York Times

You might think that the small-scale, straightforward style and intimate connections of The Thorn in the Heart would result in something more emotionally resonant than we’re accustomed to from Mr. Gondry, but you’d be disappointed.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
But overall, this lazy, sweet trifle seems to express the banality of well-being.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

Should be intriguing to all who know the family, as well as to cineastes yonder at the arty film schools who will lap up its elliptical/self-reflexive style. Normal people will simply walk out on it.
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40

Time Out New York

By Nicolas Rapold
Overall, the movie has the bantamweight feel of a really long DVD extra: Little details of the director’s ancestral stomping grounds are appealing, but don’t jell into something satisfying.
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40

Village Voice

It's a shock, then, that The Thorn in the Heart, Gondry's documentary about his own family, is so unimaginative and inaccessible.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The connection they share is clear; the reason we're invited to sit in is foggy at best.
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49 out of 100
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