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The New World Reviews

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December 21, 2005
By the end of The New World all I had were flashbacks to Mystery Science Theater as I hissed at the screen, Tom Servo style, "End! End!"
Full Review | Original Score: 5.3/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 31, 2005
You can call it art, I'll just call it boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Douglas
December 22, 2005
Thanks, Mr. Mallick, for 2 1/2 hours of pretentious wanking!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Chris Barsanti
December 24, 2005
Is there a more frustrating living director than Terrence Malick?
| Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 26, 2007
A two-and-a-half-hour cinematic mosaic meant by Malick more as a monument to himself than to the misrepresented maiden it presumes to memorialize.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 20, 2006
The New World is stately almost to the point of being static and thus has trouble finding a central story around which to arrange itself; it's not quite the thin dead line, but it's close.
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Todd McCarthy
December 16, 2005
Malick's exalted visuals and isolated metaphysical epiphanies are ill-supported by a muddled, lurching narrative, resulting in a sprawling, unfocused account of an epochal historical moment.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
One thing you have to give Malick credit for: He certainly marches to a different drummer, even if it's one that only he can hear, and he never meets an audience even halfway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
"The New World" is a movie that promises to leave its viewers with a bigger headache than you'd get contemplating the current state of global affairs.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Joshua Tyler
December 22, 2005
A movie that I can only assume he deliberately set out to make boring, a tedious trial of audience patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 20, 2006
He [Malick] swoons for his own well-honed image as a painter of woodland idylls, a man who leaves no sway of wheat or ripple of water unmet by his fatherly gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 19, 2006
The ponderous narrative lacks so much focus that it will likely leave most viewers squirming in their seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 23, 2006
Malick's tranquil narrative is hopelessly ponderous and unravels in its tedious search for its adventurous niche. [Malick] should know how to motivate moviegoers beyond sparkling waterways and crisp blue skies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A rather boring, and often pretentious bit of romance that's neither original nor memorable.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 23, 2006
Kilcher is great, and the film's beautiful. But after the first five shots of still water disrupted by boots or boats, we get Malick's point. By film's end, it's as untethered from its rapturous beginning as its lovers are from their cultures.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 21, 2006
The movie is frustrating, mainly because of Malick's penchant for emphasizing style over substance. His self-indulgence detracts from what could have been an epic drama ...
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
Self-indulgent sludge dressed up as shimmering historical aesthetics--and paced as briskly as a swim across the Atlantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Willie Waffle
January 19, 2006
The movie screams, "look at the pretty tall grass, look at the people frolicking in it, look at the pretty trees." I like trees, too, but I'll go to the park to see them
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gabriel Shanks
Modern Fabulousity
December 11, 2005
In Malick's hands, Pocahontas' story becomes a metaphoric seduction straight out of Nabokov.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Erik Childress
December 22, 2005
If it were any more obtuse, The New World would be a flipbook where the moving picture was obscured by a thumb drawn over the stick figures.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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