The Learning Tree
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Learning Tree is a sentimental, sometimes awkward, but ultimately moving film about the growing-up of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Falls into the path of giving a message more than it does letting things emerge organically."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Low key, powerful story"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The restraint, the composure, the sufficiency of the sentimental gesture constitute a small gift for memory and a real victory in the first stages of this filmmaker's career."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Forty years ago, pioneer Gordon Parks had to step with extra care filming 'The Learning Tree' lest the door shut behind him."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Touching autobiographical story with brilliant cinematography."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"It's conventional and rather toothless."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Visually beautiful and moving."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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