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The Thin Red Line Reviews

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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.
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
A film of brilliant pieces and dazzling shots!
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Fascinating!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
A complex, highly talented work marked by intellectual and philosophical ambitions!
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
A haunting, scattered reminiscence piece, where the mind is allowed to drift through its memories, and retrieve impressions of the beautiful and the hideous, the serene and the hysterical, the banal and the profound.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The Thin Red Line is an epic aestheticization of World War II, a movie at once bold and baffling, immediate and abstract.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Viewers will get lost in the wanderings of this dreamlike movie!
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
The Thin Red Line shows us freedom at its most visceral and unintellectual - and cinematic.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A highly original piece of motion picture artistry!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
An uncannily timed movie phenomenon!
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Norman Green
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It wrestles with complexity, speaks to us in poetry, weaves multiple narrative strands into a tapestry, opens the festering wounds of war and gazes inside without blinking.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The thinking person's Saving Private Ryan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
One of the most curious and perversely brilliant films ever made!
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
At two hours and 45 minutes, The Thin Red Line gives ample evidence of suffering all manner of cuts, if not having been simply hacked into its final shape. But this violence only adds to the movie's brave, strange, eroded nobility.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
A painterly, probing and poetic picture of war.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Intermittently brilliant!
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Dispenses with plot, characterization, dramatic structure and emotional payoffs in favor of the sort of painstakingly composed pictorial diddling that invariably gets critics frothing about the director's "indelible" images.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Takes war to a stirring level!
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
Although Malick hasn't made a movie in two decades, he hasn't lost his touch for eye-catching vistas and the poetics of conflict.
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Richard T. Jameson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
There has been no American film in 1998 with larger ambitions!
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Malick hasn't lost his knack for impressive visuals!