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The Thin Red Line Reviews

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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April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 14, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
A film of brilliant pieces and dazzling shots!
January 1, 2000
Fascinating!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A complex, highly talented work marked by intellectual and philosophical ambitions!
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.
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-
January 1, 2000
Viewers will get lost in the wanderings of this dreamlike movie!
January 1, 2000
The Thin Red Line shows us freedom at its most visceral and unintellectual - and cinematic.
January 1, 2000
A highly original piece of motion picture artistry!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An uncannily timed movie phenomenon!
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.
January 1, 2000
The thinking person's Saving Private Ryan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
One of the most curious and perversely brilliant films ever made!
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.
January 1, 2000
A painterly, probing and poetic picture of war.
January 1, 2000
Intermittently brilliant!
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
January 1, 2000
Takes war to a stirring level!
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
January 1, 2000
There has been no American film in 1998 with larger ambitions!
January 1, 2000
Malick hasn't lost his knack for impressive visuals!