To The Wonder Reviews

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Noah Gittell
The Atlantic
April 16, 2014
Malick is employing his usual style of montage and voice-over narration but in a new, contemporary setting that makes Wonder feel like his most vital work in years.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 3, 2014
Love is a many-splendored thing, except when it isn't in To the Wonder, a wispy romantic movie about the death of a romance.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
What is most affecting is Malick's intent. He plainly devised the story to give him a series of panels for the expression of feeling.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 3, 2013
The movie plays like an undercooked pie that hasn't had enough time to cool and settle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 26, 2013
Essentially it's an agglomeration of Malick's worst stylistic annoyances.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 25, 2013
A thing of great beauty, but not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 23, 2013
We should not be exiting a Terrence Malick movie with a shrug, but there it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
April 19, 2013
Chary of exposition, meagre of plot, derisory of dialogue, indifferent to comprehension, it's a project that veers perilously close to self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 19, 2013
Mostly, it's solemn intonations of bad poetry over open-field twirling scenes and long serious looks of love, tenderness and cosmic understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 18, 2013
"To the Wonder" is a trailer for itself, although it could be mistaken for a high-end perfume commercial ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2013
There's a little too much wonder and not quite enough story in this middling effort from Terrence Malick.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 18, 2013
Does it deserve to be seen? Absolutely. Just be aware of what you're getting into.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 18, 2013
"To the Wonder" finds Malick pursuing a form of visual storytelling that is closer to chamber music, or symphonic rapture, than conventional film narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 18, 2013
To the Wonder suggests the creep of doubt and possibly even despair into Malick's cosmic questing. This may not be as profound as he intends - to be human is to forever question - but it makes for stimulating viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 15, 2013
The individually ravishing but loosely bound shots reduce whatever weight the story might have to the trivial narcissism of Caribbean-travel commercials.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 14, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 12, 2013
There's little doubt this film will deepen, open up with a second viewing. But to what end?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 12, 2013
It serves up real emotion, and striking grace. It has moments of simple beauty, and thorny questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 12, 2013
The cinematography here is enough to make you swoon. Would that the story were equally compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2013
There is no new ground, really, the distinction is in the way Malick covers it with glorious imagery, symphonies of sound, a cacophony of moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 11, 2013
The enigmatic spell of enchantment it casts is a work of complex artistry, and the sneering reviews say more about the critics, I am afraid, than about the film or its director.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 11, 2013
The film breaks faith with its audience by asking us to care about two profoundly antipathetic characters spouting pseudo-poetic banalities.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 11, 2013
It's more like a parody than cinematic poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 11, 2013
Never was a film so visually stunning and so intolerable as To the Wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 11, 2013
I didn't like the movie at all-found it boring, unintentionally comical, at times even (a word I seldom use) pretentious ...
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April 11, 2013
Pretty but inert, To the Wonder is a vaporous mystery wrapped in a gauzy enigma - a cinematic riddle that'll appeal principally to those eager for another piece, however tiny, of the puzzle that is Terrence Malick.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 11, 2013
A meditation on love and lost paradise that starts with breathtaking assurance and slowly crumbles into self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 11, 2013
It feels like a high-end perfume ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 11, 2013
A film of simple themes, minimal dialogue and eloquent imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 11, 2013
"It's like watching grass grow" isn't really a riposte to the stately, placid, dreamlike "To the Wonder." You might as well complain that Quentin Tarantino films are violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 11, 2013
[Malick's] insistence on finding a cinematic idiom that connects beauty to ultimate truth is noble and sincere. But the fine intentions of "To the Wonder" pave a road to puzzlement, not awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 11, 2013
Malick persists in refining his style to the barest essentials of sound and image, caring little whether he's out of step with the times.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 10, 2013
Film genius to miss the mark. Case in point: Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, a beautifully empty exercise that - so glacial is the pace - makes Malick's Tree of Life look like G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 10, 2013
The film's style is ethereal and incantatory, with a soundtrack woven out of whispers and classical music; if anything, it makes Malick's The Tree of Life look like a NoŽl Coward play.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 10, 2013
Years seem to pass between scenes. To be honest, years seem to pass during scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 10, 2013
[Many will] be dissatisfied by a film that would rather evoke than supply. I understand that, and I think Terrence Malick does, too. But here he has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 9, 2013
To the Wonder is arty for sure, but for the first time, its maker is working with anxieties we all feel. Let's hope this Malick sticks around for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
April 9, 2013
To the Wonder might be more experimental, but it's still all Malick, a filmmaker who can't see the forest for the craftsmanship.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 8, 2013
Flaws and all, this is ravishing, distrib-worthy work from a filmmaker who hasn't lost his capacity to move and surprise.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 8, 2013
To the Wonder feels like generalized woo-woo -- and self-parody.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 20, 2013
There's a phoniness to the film's people and places that keeps us at a fatal distance from the big ideas with which 'To the Wonder' seeks to engage us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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September 12, 2012
There's nothing to "get." There really isn't. It's a story about a troubled relationship that, for me, ultimately chokes on its own self-conscious flourishes.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
September 11, 2012
I recommend it for anyone who'll get a buzz out of hearing a line like "what is this love that loves us?" spoken in French.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 4, 2012
A ramble through the ecstasies of the natural world as experienced or ignored by little people on a giant, gorgeous planet.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2012
However accomplished Malick's technique might be in some ways, this mostly comes off, especially in the laborious second hour, as visual doodling without focused thematic goals.