Simon & the Oaks


Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Oct 12, 2012
    With its exhilarating World War II narrative and performances that touch notes intimate and grand, Simon and the Oaks has an exquisite, and epic, ache.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 26, 2012
    Simon and the Oaks is not merely the story of two boys from opposite sides of the tracks. It's also a larger meditation on life's hardships and what endures: love, art and civilization.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 17, 2012
    It is unabashedly sentimental and epic, and rather bold in the way it takes place during and after the Holocaust but is not defined by it.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 18, 2012
    A two-hour theatrical feature that has the kind of emotional and storytelling reach regularly found these days only in cable TV miniseries. It's a warmly done family and personal drama that seems to cover familiar territory, but only up to a point and very much in its own way.
  5. Reviewed by: Diego Semerene
    Oct 10, 2012
    The film is at its best when it lingers on intimacy and the characters' incompetency to manage it.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 10, 2012
    Alternates languidly between wistful nostalgia and a more clear-eyed assessment of its protagonist's choices.

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