A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

Based on the novel by Betty Smith, this film relates the trials and tribulations of a turn-of-the-century Brooklyn tenement family. The story is told from the point of view of daughter Peggy Ann Garner, a clear-eyed realist who nonetheless… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 28, 1945
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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TIME Magazine

A sober and reasonably truthful story of life among the lowly.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Faithful adaptation of classic family story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a grim tearjerker told with great love and tenderness.

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Variety Staff

Where Tree is frequently slow, it is offset by the story's significance and pointed up notably by the direction of Elia Kazan.

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Emanuel Levy

Kazan's first film, a sentimental family melodrama, is well acted (James Dunn won a Supporting Oscar), but it doesn't begin to suggest the powerful director he would become in the 1950s.

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TV Guide

This episodic, charmingly sentimental movie is a trifle lengthy but never tedious.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Elia Kazan has directed this picture, his first, with an easy naturalness that has brought out all the tone of real experience in a vastly affecting film.

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Jeremy Heilman

Rarely has the dream factory lavished such skill on such destitution and such insistence that people are not really that changeable in nature.

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Kazan's film has a sharp eye for social detail, but avoids giving occulted status to the peeling paper, damp walls and austere kitchen table.

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Devon Bott
Director Elia Kazan gives us his adaptation of the Betty Smith novel about a young girl coming-of-age in 1900s Brooklyn. Living with an alcoholic father and a… More
John Ballantine
Flying under the radar, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a great Kazan film. Putting aside the snitch tendencies off the screen, the tale of the family in a Brooklyn… More
nefnie lee
A family living in poverty with a realist mother and a dreamer dad. Touching father/daughter scenes full of their optimism despite their circumstances are… More