The Tree of Life


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In theaters May 27, 2011
PG-13, 2 hr. 19 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world,
Director: Terrence Malick
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 19 min.
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Theater Release: May 27, 2011
DVD Release: Oct 11, 2011


Brad Pitt

Mr. O'Brien
Sean Penn

Jack, Jack O'Brien
Jessica Chastain

Mrs. O'Brien
Hunter McCracken

Young Jack
Fiona Shaw

Nicolas Gonda

Mr. Reynolds

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Terrence Malick's singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, Tree of Life is an emotional as well as visual treat.
  • This film's rewards are many, for those with the patience to simply let it float. More...
  • In this flawed yet masterful, unforgettable movie, Malick argues that even the tiniest mote can have value. He sees miracles everywhere. You just have to make an effort to see them, too. More...
  • Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow. More...
  • "The Tree of Life" is rooted in human nature but ascends to the infinite mystery. It's a dizzying climb with few footholds for the timid or cynical, but the view from above is heavenly. More...
  • The result actually plays like a divine pronouncement, cosmic in scope and oracular in tone, a cinematic sermon on the mount that shows its creator in exquisite form. Exquisite but frustrating. More...
  • The vision is dazzling. The portrayal of family life palpable. The ending ... well, let's go back to the vision. More...
  • What a transcendent achievement. More...
  • [It] not only aspires to change your life - it tries to explain it, from the first cosmic blip to those busy amoebae splitting and multiplying, to jellyfish jellying through the primal seas, to the planets lined up in a row. More...
  • Beautiful, baffling, poetic, pretentious, it's one big ball of moviedom. More...
  • Striving for no less than the pinnacle of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Tree of Life falls short of masterful but retains a power that far too many motion pictures lack. More...