Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    May 8, 2012
    Cristián Jiménez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love.
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 11, 2012
    This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    May 10, 2012
    There's nothing obscure about young love and loss, and a story, as Mr. Jiménez put it, about "youngsters who have to deal with this sudden lack of certainties which makes them more lonely than they could have ever imagined."
  4. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    May 8, 2012
    Bonsái seems like a veritable thicket of illuminating references and correspondences. A kind of poetry sprouts up even in some of the inevitable sad-twee flourishes.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    May 8, 2012
    By turns gentle, deadpan, droll and sarcastic, Jimenez's film reflects on Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" to track a sweet but doomed love affair between literary -- and pleasurably randy -- college students.
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Hoad
    May 8, 2012
    Jiménez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort.
  7. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    May 8, 2012
    Jimenez makes a youthful film about sex, lies and literature that has the awkward charm of first love.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 8, 2012
    Cristián Jiménez's dust-dry dramedy attests to the writer-director's own bibliophilia (the film is literally divided by chapter pages), as well as his lead actor's ability to milk a deadpan look that would make Buster Keaton proud.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    May 8, 2012
    It has its moments, although the charmless main character Julio (played by Diego Noguera) begins to get on your nerves, as he seems incapable of extricating himself from difficult situations.

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