Simon and the Oaks
Simon and the Oaks (2012)

An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon (Bill Skarsgaard), who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place. He finally convinces his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 6, 2014
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

"Simon and the Oaks" branches out in ways unusual and interesting enough to hold your attention and then even shake it a bit.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

With its fool's-gold cinematography, over-emphatic musical score and self-important protagonist, "Simon and the Oaks" is a puny acorn that dreams it's a towering achievement.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Contains more than one emotionally potent scene and never takes the easy shortcuts.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The sheer sincerity of everyone concerned bolsters the whole enterprise so that Ohlin's historical novel-on-film holds us.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[A] lush, handsomely crafted middlebrow epic ...

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

Significant enough to be name-checked in the title, the trees hang over the film, threatening to impose heavy metaphor on what is otherwise a straightforward family saga.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

"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 and what endures: love, art and civilization.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's a warmly done family and personal drama that seems to cover familiar territory, but only up to a point and very much in its own way.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

The German occupation barely makes an impression in Lisa Ohlin's sluggish adaptation of Marianne Fredriksson's novel.

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