The Arbor

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

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  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    A prominently powerful innovative documentary film which explores not only life of a writer but also expressed the characters' perspectives toward "life" in such an extreme horrowing way. Everything about this film is so new and has been perfectly mixed that it becomes one of my favorite documentary films of 2010.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Jul 21, 2011
    100
    An innovative hybrid of documentary, staged reading, fictional feature, and confessional, The Arbor defies categorization not merely for art's sake - although its artistry is without question - but because conventional forms seem inadequate for such a harrowing story.
  2. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    May 7, 2011
    70
    Barnard's film, as if nervous of being felled by the straightforward, sinewy thump of Dunbar's writing, ducks and weaves in a series of sly approaches. [2 May 2011, p. 89]
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Nestel
    May 2, 2011
    80
    Andrea Dunbar's portrait here is unforgiving; comparable to Joan Crawford in "Mommy Dearest" or Tobias Wolff's brass-knuckled dad in "This Boy's Life."