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Writer/director Enid Zentelis makes her feature-length debut with the coming-of-age drama Evergreen, shot on-location in Seattle, WA. Teenager Henri (Addie Land) and her single mother Kate (Cara Seymour) move in with Henri's grandmother (Lynn Cohen) in a crumbling old house. Kate works at a factory but the working-poor household just barely gets by. Henri goes to a new school and meets Chat Turly (Noah Fleiss), a wealthy boy from an upscale family. Welcomed with open arms, Henri falls in love with the Turly family (Mary Kay Place and Bruce Davidson) and all the material comfort that their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Zentelis' affection for her characters and the clear-eyed honesty of her storytelling glides us through any unsubtleties."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Serves as a small, heartfelt corrective to all the tween fantasies being sold this year."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Thought-provoking film about social class; teens+."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The dialogue is on-the-nose and its lessons are pedestrian, but the film remains a "working poor-trait" of poignancy and grace due to Addie Land's unself-conscious turn."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Rife with clichés and precocious artsy-craft."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Aufmuth.com
"Aiming for simplicity, it ends up simplistic."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Although Zentelis doesn't always nail the strange rhythms of real life, she does show that she's on the right track."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Evergreen is composed of standard teleplay material that fails to surprise and engage at almost every turn."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Dreary and amateurish."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"While the film has striking moments, it feels padded with events that seem freighted with narrative weight but end up not mattering at all to the story."
‑ Angel Cohn, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Observant, touching, funny and smart."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Newcomer Land is a find, performing with guileless naturalism and resilient dignity."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"The movie comes to a satisfactory conclusion teaching the lesson that things aren't always as good as they look."
‑ Vince Koehler, Entertainment Spectrum
"A solid, affectionately told drama, at times wavering the line of excellent, that only disappoints when it doesn't add up to the fully-realized catharsis it is aiming for."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"This modest coming-of-age story eschews poor-little- poor-girl emotionalism in favor of carefully observed moments that slowly build in power."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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