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The Tree of Life Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4/10

March 13, 2013
Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies

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 Source: Dial M For Movies | Original Score: 1/5

June 21, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

It feels like Malick made the film for himself, rather than for an audience.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 6, 2011
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

There are some touching scenes between father and son but the rest of the film felt too heavy-handed.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B-

June 25, 2011
Jason Zingale

The final product feels less like the grand-scale epic that Malick intended, and more like a college thesis paper on spirituality that's missing a few pages.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

May 25, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 13, 2011
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Absurdly over-rated...

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 4, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post

July 13, 2011
Moira Sullivan

A young couple raises three boys in the 1950s. Both Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as the couple function from textbook gender roles, like Father Knows Best with an axe to grind.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: Overripe

May 26, 2011
Drew McWeeny

For me, this is a pretty crushing disappointment, something that's hard to admit and even harder to write.

Full Review Source: HitFix

May 18, 2011
Michael A. Smith

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 Source: MediaMikes | Original Score: 2/5

August 16, 2011

Possibly it reinforces our awareness that finding any sort of path through life is a pretty overwhelming business, but this is not a terribly radical conclusion.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 5, 2011
Tony Macklin

The Tree of Life is a fractured film, so they needed five different editors to put it back together. I heard the original title was going to be The Humpty Dumpty of Life.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 17, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

What we're left with is a scrapbook of stunning images.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2011
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)

Malick resides largely in his own vivid imagination and overly active subconscious, where it's just too easy for everybody else to get resolutely and inescapably lost.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

June 28, 2011
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The title suggests a grand vision about humanity, but this is at best garbled and perfunctory

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 27, 2011
Ben McEachen
Empire Magazine Australasia

Apart from a middle section which reveals moments of clarity and actual emotion, this is a bloated, self-indulgent bore of fine imagery.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 2

July 4, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

With its parallel depictions of the birth of the universe and a family in 1950s Texas, it must be plumbing deep meanings, right? Eh.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

June 3, 2011
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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 Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B-

October 20, 2011
Mike Ward

I admire The Tree of Life - in the same way I admire the white-haired lady in the Guinness Book of World Records with 28-foot fingernails. By the way, after "The Tree of Life," you'll probably have to cut your nails, just saying.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/4

June 18, 2011
Mark R. Leeper
March 23, 2012
Leonard Maltin
March 10, 2012

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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