All things most certainly do not work together for the good.
To the Wonder shouldn't be passed off as "self-parody," but as Malick's self-destructed misfire.
| Original Score: C+
To the Wonder is visually deep and beautiful, but the characters and story are complete non-factors for the film.
| Original Score: 5/10
All of the prettiest pictures of mother nature couldn't save To The Wonder from being a lifeless, overly-poetic bore that fails to keep a consistently flowing story intact.
There are ideas that are trying to come out in this film, but as to how successful Malick is in conveying those ideas on screen is where the film loses a lot of its effect.
| Original Score: 2/4
Malick has the unnatural talent to evolve a simplistic and adolescent game of hide and go seek into a profound and existential search into the character's hearts and minds.
| Original Score: 1/5
Malick's profound message permeating throughout: Living in Oklahoma blows.
| Original Score: F
To the Wonder plays like a nature documentary featuring famous actors who wander into the shot from time to time.
| Original Score: 2/5
The interaction between the leads is about as enticing as watching paint dry!
While it may be filmed beautifully, To the Wonder doesn't exactly move its gestating 112-minute duration along any faster with everyone on-screen galloping around their front yard or a field full of slow moving bison genitalia.
| Original Score: 4/10
At times, the new film plays like a Wayans brothers parody of a late Malick picture: Sleepy Movie, Floaty Movie, Preachy Movie.
Frankly, To The Wonder becomes bogged and down and more than a little bit boring over the course of its two hours.
Dialogue is reduced to impressionistic snatches and self-consciously poetic voice-over; the impressive cast have nothing much to do but exchange meaningful looks through windblown hair.
Will Malick ever tire of his soulful child-women? How long can you linger on feet bouncing off sea-soaked mudflats before it becomes a poetic indulgence?
Terrence Malick's vague, sweeping ode to love lost and found is anything but wondrous.
Some viewers will find this deep and meaningful; others will leave scratching their heads.
There are moments of pure poetry in the movie but the production as a whole seems overlong and repetitive and takes a detour or two that distract from the aching beauty of the central story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There's little doubt this film will deepen, open up with a second viewing. But to what end?
The film breaks faith with its audience by asking us to care about two profoundly antipathetic characters spouting pseudo-poetic banalities.
Maybe I've been hanging out with the wrong women my whole life, but I don't know anyone who spins this much. Instructors in spin classes don't spin this much.