The Tree of Life Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 3, 2011

Malick's brilliantly acted and photographed film evokes the emotional turmoil of childhood, its resentment, pains and joys, in a way that few other filmmakers can match

Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 20, 2011

Impressionistic may be a nice way to describe this often baffling mix of stunning cosmic imagery mixed with random snapshots of familial struggle...very, very different..

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 12, 2011

Not since "The Fountain" have I been left pondering on the bigger picture for such an extended period of time...

Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
September 14, 2011

It's confounding, borderline pretentious, stuff, but there's no denying the emotional weight it lends - imagine flicking through a Bible and someone's baby book at once.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 19, 2011

The fifth film from Terrence Malick melds theology, philosophy and human experience in the unforgettable The Tree of Life.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
August 16, 2011

While I was writing this I learned that "The Tree of Life" had won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival...I can only assume that the judges were all cinematographers awarding a film consisting of Kodak moments.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
August 9, 2011

Uma experiência profundamente religiosa para ateus, humanistas e, principalmente, cinéfilos.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 8, 2011

Easily Malick's warmest movie and may well endure as his masterpiece...It is also a profoundly theological work. The best film of 2011 (tie).

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
August 6, 2011

The Tree of Life needs to be seen. Even if it is just because you've never seen anything like it before.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 31, 2011

If you find the storyline trite or tedious, you still might be engaged by its sheer beauty and come away admiring it for its audacity to be so confounding.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Tim Martain
The Mercury
July 14, 2011

The Tree of Life is either a triumph of artistic cinema or an almost inscrutable load of film wank. I'm still not entirely sure which.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 14, 2011

This film is undoubtedly a piece of art, as much so as a Picasso painting -- one that invites viewers to immerse themselves, scratch their heads and consider it.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 13, 2011

Like watching your whole life crawl towards you on its hands and knees.

Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 12, 2011

The tone of the film is mesmeric, transcendent, awe-inspiring.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael Atkinson
Sight and Sound
July 12, 2011

A film that's more interesting to argue about than to actually watch.

Alistair Harkness
Scotsman
July 10, 2011

Malick seems to be trying to crystallise - in his own abstract way - a running theme in his work that dates back to Days of Heaven: that however significant or insignificant our lives turn out to be, our continued existence is a miracle in itself.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
July 10, 2011

Within its ambition to convey the meaning of life, The Tree of Life is also boring, cliched and banal.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 9, 2011

For the first time in decades, Malick has achieved the height of his artistry in fully meshing the emotional and the aesthetic; they tug you in the same direction, rather than against each other.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 8, 2011

Tree of life? Tree of sanctimonious mopey male egotism disguised as a search for meaning, more like.

Anthony Quinn
Independent
July 8, 2011

Nobody else [but Malick] could have made it. Few would even dare to try.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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