The Learning Tree
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Gordon Parks' adaptation of his own novel The Learning Tree stars Kyle Johnson as Newt, a black teenager living in 1920s Kansas. He is an intelligent even-tempered young man who meets the many racial prejudices he faces with composure and pride. His best friend Marcus (Alex Clarke) is hot-headed and prone to react emotionally when confronted with life's problems. Newt gets into a difficult situation when he witnesses a murder and must decide if he should come forward to clear the man being framed for the crime. Doing so would forever change his own life, as well as Marcus'. In… More

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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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