The Tree Synopsis
Simone believes her dead father talks to her through a fig tree and won't allow it to be cut down.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Be warned: The Tree is slow-moving, but if given a chance, it will (pardon the pun) grow on you.
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75

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
A movie with undeniable melancholy underpinnings, but Bertuccelli wisely avoids overdoing the drama to nurse cheap tears from her audience.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
The Tree might have suffered from too much symbolism if not for writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch and Gainsbourg's appealing...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Despite the potential for some supernatural grandiosity, the tone here remains understated and quiet, and Gainsbourg's performance feels...
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is an easy movie to watch. If only Julie Bertuccelli had more trust in her most interesting stuff.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Falls short of being revelatory, yet has a mysterious, sturdy power that grows on you.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A symbol of the lost father, it looms, protects, and also wreaks havoc when a big branch collapses onto the house. Mostly, it's the...
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55

NPR

By Scott Tobias
On a technical level, The Tree marks a significant advance over the humble utility of Bertuccelli's previous film, drinking in Australia's...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
By the time we reach the climactic ending, the script clearly calls for an exorcist with a chainsaw to trim back this metaphor run amok.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
I lost patience with a widow who is grieving one month and then making out with a guy in a bar the next. This is an emotional recovery even...
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The Tree review

By welsan1
Seen better quirky Australian flicks....