A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
One-time movie song-and-dance man James Dunn won an Academy Award for his "comeback" performance in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Based on the best-selling novel by Betty Smith, the film relates the trials and tribulations of a turn-of-the-century Brooklyn tenement family. The father, Dunn, is a likable but irresponsible alcoholic whose dreams of improving his family's lot are invariably doomed to disappointment. The mother, Dorothy McGuire, is the true head of the household, steadfastly holding the family together no matter what crisis arises. The story is told from the point of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"A sober and reasonably truthful story of life among the lowly."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Faithful adaptation of classic family story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's a grim tearjerker told with great love and tenderness."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This family has a great deal of love but a lot of difficulty showing it."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Where Tree is frequently slow, it is offset by the story's significance and pointed up notably by the direction of Elia Kazan."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This episodic, charmingly sentimental movie is a trifle lengthy but never tedious."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Rarely has the dream factory lavished such skill on such destitution and such insistence that people are not really that changeable in nature."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"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."
‑ , Film4
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