A Tree Grows in Brooklyn centers on loss, but it’s not depressing. It is set in a tenement and money is a problem, yet it’s uplifting. Despite undercurrents of hope, the subjects of loss and adversity invariably yield many opportunities for emotion.
The delivery scene in particular stirs the heart. Combining an anguish-filled childbirth with small explosions of repressed honesty puts a strain on your composure.
One of the greatest directorial debuts in film
history. Elia Kazan handles all story elements with affecting precision
and manages career best performances from Dorothy McGuire, James Dunn,
Joan Blondel, Lloyd Nolan and Peggy Ann Garner.
» Brent Chastain, Top3films.com