One thing you have to give Malick credit for: He certainly marches to a different drummer, even if it's one that only he can hear, and he never meets an audience even halfway.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's a beautiful and difficult work of art.
| Original Score: B
Self-indulgent sludge dressed up as shimmering historical aesthetics--and paced as briskly as a swim across the Atlantic.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
There are so many mysteries in this film, and Malick's greatest achievement was to suggest them without forcing answers on us.
| Original Score: 5/5
From carefree nymph with long hair flying in the wind to corseted lady of restraint, Q'Orianka Kilcher's Pocahontas appeals to the free spirit in all of us. But the film is strangely uninvolving.
Malick's magic remains undiminished.
| Original Score: 4/5
A melancholy revery of a time when nature provided a spiritual sustenance that could not be replaced by religious or social order.
| Original Score: 4/4
...seamlessly combines lavishly mounted beauty with subtle emotional power.
This stunningly beautiful film is mesmerizing to watch.
A poetic, fluid painting...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
[A] gorgeous, moving, messy and utterly unique visual poem.
Malick's painterly images and meditative voiceovers are not for me the overwhelming force of nature they are for some, but I'm willing to be swept along by them, if what they have to say is potent enough.
[Kilcher's] transformation from an innocent in Eden to a stranger in a strange land and back again is a remarkable bit of largely nonverbal acting.
| Original Score: B+
Not about the storytelling; a tone poem that sounds gorgeous
A subtle and context-driven approach to historical filmmaking.
Malick's typically unhurried and measured pace is wholly appropriate for The New World, which expresses the awe of discovery and re-invents no less than the popular myth of our country's founding.
Compelling and prophetic.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
This film is not so much an epic love story, as it is a poem paying tribute to the remarkable spirit of Pocahontas ...
| Original Score: 3/4
The New World is a film to which you have to surrender to enjoy.
A profound, revealing, wonderful film about the meeting of two cultures and the shaping of a new one.