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Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The connection they share is clear; the reason we're invited to sit in is foggy at best. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Should be intriguing to all who know the family, as well as to cineastes yonder at the arty film schools who will lap up its elliptical/self-reflexive style. Normal people will simply walk out on it. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The film is well-constructed, as one would expect from Gondry, but it offers little reason for anyone outside the family circle to care about dear old Tante Suzette. show more

  • 40
    Nicolas Rapold Time Out New York

    Overall, the movie has the bantamweight feel of a really long DVD extra: Little details of the director’s ancestral stomping grounds are appealing, but don’t jell into something satisfying. show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    But overall, this lazy, sweet trifle seems to express the banality of well-being. show more

  • 80
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    This is an extraordinary film. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    A quiet, unglamorous film that sneaks up on you slowly. I found it had a lovely, peculiar emotional resonance by the time it was over, but it's likely to appeal more to documentary buffs and obsessive Gondry fans than ordinary moviegoers. show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    Gondry captures the leafy radiance of the countryside, and he makes judicious use of special-effects whimsies. But this memory piece will have far more resonance for the Gondry family than for anyone else. show more

  • 50
    The New York Times

    You might think that the small-scale, straightforward style and intimate connections of The Thorn in the Heart would result in something more emotionally resonant than we’re accustomed to from Mr. Gondry, but you’d be disappointed. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    It's a shock, then, that The Thorn in the Heart, Gondry's documentary about his own family, is so unimaginative and inaccessible. show more

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