The Education of Little Tree
The Education of Little Tree (1997)

During the Great Depression, an orphaned eight-year-old Cherokee named Little Tree goes to live with his grandparents in the Smokey Mountains. Little Tree encounters difficulties after authorities force him to attend the Notched Gap Indian… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Earnest but evocative, and in moments touching, chronicle of the turbulent childhood of a Cherokee orphan during the Depression.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Pays homage to the spiritual elders who help us to find our place in the world.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

The film spends far too much time around the moonshine still and hypocritical local church at the cost of other, more interesting lessons.

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Michael Dequina

Builds an honest, natural poignance that would not have been achieved through hollow melodramatics.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

The characters are complex enough to pose important questions, yet the themes are sufficiently straightforward for youngsters to learn and enjoy.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A compelling, mostly positive story, despite Little Tree's bad luck.

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Steve Rhodes
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The rarest of kids' movies, the serious drama, where it is people and not some cute animals that are in grave danger.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Bobby Hobbs
The film takes a historical look at what Charaokee Indians had went through during some of there early struggle (through stories) and there continuing struggle… More