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The Thin Red Line Reviews

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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
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 8, 2002
...a film of sublime power and beautiful tedium.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic

Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005

Film Comment Magazine
August 21, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Geoffrey Macnab
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Bill Schaffer
Senses of Cinema
June 19, 2001
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine
April 2, 2001
Depressingly clinical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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