A Tree of Palme (Parumu no Ki)
A Tree of Palme (Parumu no Ki) (2002)

A futuristic take on the age-old tale of Pinnocchio, A Tree of Palme tells the tale of a wooden robot who longs to become human. Created by ageing Dr. Foe in order to care for his ailing wife, Xian, Palme slowly begins to learn about the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Hints of greatness are subverted by frenetic plotting and sensory overload.

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Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

Very deserving of attention.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

It's visually creative, but doesn't stand out among other animes, and its 136-minute running time is about 30 minutes too long.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A heady, dense metaphor for everything from the struggle for self-knowledge and personal growth to the aging process.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Measure for measure, none of A Tree of Palme really goes anyplace that fairy tales or anime haven't previously been.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

(T)he sprawling journey tends to bog down in complicated exposition... and the animation is surprisingly limited for all of its inventive and impressive imagery.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Robotbling -
I'm not one to watch much Japanese animation anymore, but this one stands out amongst the flood of cookie cutter stuff that typifies what is popular these… More