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The Sea of Trees

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Gus Van Sant

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About the Movie

In this powerful story of love and redemption, Matthew McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, an American professor who travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he experiences flashbacks of his fraught but loving relationship with his wife, Joan (Naomi Watts), and meets an enigmatic stranger, Takumi (Ken Watanabe), who is lost and injured. Arthur devotes himself to saving Takumi and returning him home to safety, and the two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship, discovery, and healing—one which may ultimately re-connect Arthur with his love for his wife.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 45
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 40
  • Average Rating: 3.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A numinous meditation on grief that's more likely to inspire laughter than tears. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Aug 25, 2016

Rotten: This risibly long-winded drama is perhaps above all a profound cultural insult, milking the lush green scenery of Japan's famous Aokigahara forest for all it's worth, while giving co-lead Ken Watanabe little to do. – Justin Chang, Variety, Aug 16, 2016

Rotten: Woefully sentimental and maudlin. – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 16, 2016

Rotten: [A] soggy mess of a movie ... – Sara Stewart, New York Post, Aug 25, 2016

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Customer Reviews

The reviewer's saw a different movie!

This is a wonderful movie. It's deep and thoughtful. It isn't just an entertaining movie and when you finish watching it, you'll find yourself thinking about it long afterwards. Yes, it deals with a dark subject but death is a part of life whether we want to admit it or not.

Terrible and Disturbing

The trailer was completely different than what the movie turned out to be. It was so bad. Probably the worst movie I've ever seen. What a waste of time and money. It should be categorized as a horror movie. Do NOT waste your time.

A great movie

I disagree with the bad reviews of this movie. I really enjoyed watching it. The movie touched on the subject of death that people are afraid to think or talk about. It showed how people dealt with the grief of death, regrets, sorrow, and guilt at the passing of a loved one. That sometimes the people we loved, though gone, can still leave a message of love and forgiveness. It is possible to move on in time.

The Sea of Trees
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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