The Learning Tree
The Learning Tree (1969)

Autobiographical drama based on photographer Gordon Parks's 1963 novel, about the coming-of-age of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 1, 1969
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Falls into the path of giving a message more than it does letting things emerge organically.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Low key, powerful story

Roger Greenspun
New York Times

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.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Forty years ago, pioneer Gordon Parks had to step with extra care filming 'The Learning Tree' lest the door shut behind him.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Touching autobiographical story with brilliant cinematography.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's conventional and rather toothless.

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TV Guide

Visually beautiful and moving.

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Mister Caple
A Grand Classic of Black Cinema brilliantly directed by Gordon Parks!!! Being the first feature to be directed by black man for a major film studio,this film… More