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The Thin Red Line Reviews

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April 18, 2016
The problem here is that all these narrators end up sounding like one big voice; they're all just part of that one big abstraction which is Malick's script.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
One of the most harrowing of anti-war statements, and the most beautiful too.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
May 6, 2012
Lyrical, meditative and original, Malick's WWII film is one of the best war films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
In the midst of life we may be in death, but the opposite is true as well.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 8, 2011
Though it is not only a great war film, perhaps not even primarily a great war film, it is assuredly a great war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Josh Larsen
May 13, 2011 gorgeous it feels as if it's being seen through heavenly eyes - at least until fresh hell rips across the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 11, 2011
Ultimately concerned less with specific tactical maneuvers or combat suffering than with the grand contradictions of life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2011
The Thin Red Line's hallucinatory blend of images defines the very essence of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly
April 30, 2007
... one of the richest and lushest films ever to emerge from Hollywood.
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's a genuinely epic ciné-poem that essentially sidesteps history, politics and conventional ethics to deal with war as an absolute, inevitable and eternal facet of existence.
Scott Weinberg
June 27, 2005
The Thin Red Line would have been infinitely more successful without the frequent rest-stops full of mental malaise and philosophical pretense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
It makes you think and ask questions. Its characters contradict themselves, talking one way, acting another. And it ends abruptly, with many things unresolved. Like life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 28, 2004
Won't be a commercial hit, but it will rank at the top of my list of best movies of 1998.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 19, 2003
Malick transforms James Jones' two-fisted prose into visual poetry.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 8, 2002
...a film of sublime power and beautiful tedium.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A-

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A frustrating return to the screen of one of American film's most distinctive and challenging geniuses.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
The visionary quality of the film and the exotic cinematography of John Toll make this a most impressive and unusual work of art.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001
Perhaps the movie's final, lasting image embraces all we know: From the mud grows the lotus.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
far more interested in juxtaposing the beauty of nature untamed and the harsh destruction of mankind at war than ... telling a story or developing characters
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Intermittently brilliant!
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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