The Tree of Life Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014

Go ahead and take away my credibility badge...The film is one of the most emotionally affecting and profound experiences of my life, regardless of how recent it is.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 24, 2013

You'd be hard pressed to find an examination of human existence as profound and spiritual as Terrence Malick's mind-blowing trip through the cosmos.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
March 13, 2013

The lack of story or purpose is annoying and at times, the film is too experimental. Topping things off is an abrupt and unsatisfying ending which doesn't leave us with good feelings towards the film.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
January 4, 2013

Absurdly over-rated...

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012

Malick may have pushed the envelope a bit too far, losing the ability to see the forest for the trees - even in a film as beautiful and surreal as The Tree of Life

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012

It's fair to say that everyone will get at least something out of this film.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Erick Weber
August 27, 2012

While it doesn't leave you as breathless as Malick would like, The Tree of Life will stir your soul and make you think. Which is an outcome every moviemaker should aspire to create.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Jardine
July 13, 2012

Less Plato than metaphysical Play-Doh

Full Review | Original Score: 61/100
Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies
June 21, 2012

Malik's vision and deeply powerful imagery outlives its welcome after 20 minutes, leaving a film that meanders along trying to impress with concepts and ideas.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012

This film is a cinematic triumph! Terrence Malick's masterpiece!

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 11, 2012

Es cierto que la película es ambiciosa, y que no va a gustarle a todo el mundo. Pero para quien logre conectar con ella, puede resultar en una experiencia removedora y visualmente impactante.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012

I'm not sure all of its diverse elements successfully make a whole story, but I am giving this film extra credit for being so incredibly ambitious, visually stunning and humane. It is a refreshing contrast to films that show the worst of humanity.

Full Review | Original Score: A
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012

A visually dazzling, intentionally polarizing examination of life and death, and the beauty and darkness hidden between.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jordan Hiller
January 4, 2012

Terrence Malick's astonishing masterpiece of light, movement, and spirit, casts a dizzying spell and somehow manages to pronounce the ineffable while telling its humble tale.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin A. Ranson
December 31, 2011

If I can prevent just one person from watching this, it'll have been worth suffering through it.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.0/4.0
Eric D. Snider
December 30, 2011

A movie rooted in philosophy is bound to feel, well, philosophical. Expecting a filmmaker to avoid highfalutin' imagery and ideas when he's examining The Nature of Man is like expecting a geometry teacher to avoid talking about angles.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011

A rich film that sets lofty goals for itself, and doesn't fall short by much.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
S. James Wegg
December 24, 2011

Writer/director Terrence Malick has defied the odds and created a masterpiece of harrowing truth and deeply felt emotion.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
December 18, 2011

A bold, epic exercise that Malick comes close to pulling off. It may not stack up against his best, but it doesn't fail to incite feelings of awe in its audience, either.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 15, 2011

Yes, it is a very strange film but, cutting Malick some slack for artistic license, his film is also compelling and hypnotic.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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