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Simon and the Oaks


Lisa Ohlin

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About the Movie

Based on the best selling novel, SIMON AND THE OAKS explores the toll WWII took on Jews in Europe, forcing them to hide and reinvent themselves to survive - only to later find their true selves again.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – David DeWitt, New York Times, Oct 11, 2012

Rotten: Though it retains the narrative complexity of the Swedish bestseller on which it's based, WWII saga Simon and the Oaks never creates an emotional or intellectual throughline of its own. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Oct 11, 2012

Fresh: 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. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 18, 2012

Rotten: Simon and the Oaks has all the superficial elements of compelling drama but none of the interiority; it looks like a good movie without ever actually feeling like one. – Michael Nordine, Village Voice, Oct 9, 2012

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Simon and the Oaks
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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