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  • 100
    Loren King Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 80
    Anna Smith Empire

    Moving, bold, unconventional and impeccably staged, The Arbor is a worthy tribute to a powerfully artistic voice. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The Arbor's pummeling second half begins with the collapse of its celebrity subject; the following spirals of self-destruction make you suspect that some childhoods are simply too hard to escape. Tough, worthy stuff. show more

  • 80
    Boxoffice Magazine

    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." show more

  • 100
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    The cumulative impact of The Arbor is one of claustrophobia; at times, the endlessly downbeat adventures of Dunbar and her offspring grow almost unbearably morose. show more

  • 100
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Dramatically spellbinding and intellectually stimulating, picture abstractly manipulates multiple layers of representation to shattering effect. show more

  • 90
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Like a Ken Loach drama stripped to bare bones, The Arbor springs to life in the bright bitterness of Dunbar's prose, showcased in alfresco performances of contentious scenes from the play. show more

  • 80
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    Barnard makes the psychological mayhem Dunbar endured and inflicted tangible. show more

  • 70
    Anthony Lane The New Yorker

    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] show more

  • 91
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    It helps that the actors' faces are so mesmerizing, particularly Manjinder Virk as Lorraine. show more

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