The Education of Little Tree
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The Education of Little Tree
Richard Friedenberg scripted and made his directorial debut with this adaptation of Forrest Carter's 1992 award-winning coming-of-age novel detailing the Depression-era boyhood of an orphaned Cherokee, eight-year-old Little Tree (Joseph Ashton). Raised and tutored by his grandparents (Tantoo Cardinal, James Cromwell) in the Smokey Mountains of the 1930s, Little Tree encounters difficulties after authorities force him to attend the Notched Gap Indian School. Friedenberg later received an Oscar nomination for his A River Runs Through It screenplay. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Earnest but evocative, and in moments touching, chronicle of the turbulent childhood of a Cherokee orphan during the Depression."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Pays homage to the spiritual elders who help us to find our place in the world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film spends far too much time around the moonshine still and hypocritical local church at the cost of other, more interesting lessons."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Builds an honest, natural poignance that would not have been achieved through hollow melodramatics."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The characters are complex enough to pose important questions, yet the themes are sufficiently straightforward for youngsters to learn and enjoy."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"A compelling, mostly positive story, despite Little Tree's bad luck."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The rarest of kids' movies, the serious drama, where it is people and not some cute animals that are in grave danger."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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