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The New World Reviews

November 1, 2007
These whispered ruminations are beautifully written, but whose voice are we hearing?
January 20, 2006
The New World isn't Terrence Malick's best, but it's guiding him in the right direction.
January 20, 2006
The New World laps over its audience like water on a deserted beach, moving so quietly that you almost don't notice that it's enveloped you.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
January 20, 2006
Through elliptical and seemingly oblique methods, he [Malick] forges moments of staggering emotional power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 20, 2006
Like the best music, this film elicits emotions rather than manipulates them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 20, 2006
Malick paints the celluloid like a canvas, filling it with rapturous images of wild America, its flowing fields of grass, rivers teeming with fish and the endless horizon of free land.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2006
A Terence Malick film remains an event, but he appears awfully disoriented in The New World -- less a seasoned traveller than a perplexed tourist, content to mask his confusion by reaching for a camera and snapping relentless pretty pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 20, 2006
For all its splendor, The New World is really a love affair between Malick and his camera.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 20, 2006
Malick is so content to tell the tale through mood that he neglects its meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 20, 2006
A movie that is at once prosaic and abstract, breathtakingly beautiful and excruciatingly obvious, compelling contemplative and deadly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2006
New World has some fine imagery, but it doesn't transport us in the way The Thin Red Line did.
Read More | Original Score: C
January 20, 2006
The New World is a poetic force at once wrenching and soothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 20, 2006
Watching The New World is like watching a snail cross an eight-lane highway.
January 20, 2006
Malick has a gorgeous talent for capturing supernal landscapes, for conveying their sorrow, and it would be a loss if he stopped directing again at a time when Hollywood is more starved than ever before for the personal touch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 20, 2006
Self-indulgent, gorgeous, maddening, grueling, ultimately transcendent, it's a Terrence Malick movie all the way, and possibly the director's most sustained work since 1972's Badlands.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
January 19, 2006
Malick appears to consider this an epic tale, but beyond its 2-hour-plus length, the film never quite reaches the scale he's after.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 19, 2006
The movie's gorgeous pictorialism draws us toward the shore, but Malick often leaves us marooned in the shoals, waiting for a story to arrive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2006
There's a problem when the movie about the European conquest of America seems longer than the actual conquest itself.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 19, 2006
It's by no means the longest movie ever made, but it's one of the longest movies ever made in which next to nothing ever happens and barely a word is spoken.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 19, 2006
He [ Terrence Malick] is a visionary, and this story requires one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 19, 2006
The film, which is superb on every technical and design level, has both greatness and fuzzy-headedness in it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2006
The New World is more an ethereal cinematic tone poem than plot-driven story.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 18, 2006
Many have tried, but none can match Malick's touch for shuffling a deck of elegiac images.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 27, 2005
The movie is verdantly lush, and full of the most marvelous landscapes and images. But there's something missing here. And it's the people.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2005
Malick is a writer-director of extraordinary vision who is like an endangered species.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 24, 2005
This lavish coffee-table-book of a movie gradually reveals itself as an uninvolving, crashing bore.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2005
Terrence Malick may not care much for people, but he never met a tree he didn't like.
December 22, 2005
That sound you're about to hear is the cracking of spines as Terrence Malick enthusiasts like me bend over backward trying to cut The New World a break.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2005
The New World is a work of breathtaking imagination, less a movie than a mode of transport, and in every sense a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 22, 2005
In Terrence Malick's elegiac film, Pocahontas is a woman whose story has the reach of myth and the tragic dimension of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 22, 2005
The New World is a movie less interested in expanding the boundaries of narrative cinema than in forsaking them.
December 22, 2005
The New World blows centuries of dust and schoolkid romanticism from the oft-mythologized tale of Pocahontas and the English settlers, relaying old news with an abundantly poetic and visually startling point of view.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 21, 2005
The movie is two and a half hours of paralyzing tedium.
December 20, 2005
As an epic, it's monumentally slight.
December 20, 2005
The lesson is as clear as rainwater: to the innocent eye, ripe for marvelling, every world is new.
December 20, 2005
It's a worthy effort, and recommended viewing for those who have interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2005
One of the best movies of the year.
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December 16, 2005
This is no breathless film fantasy; its pulse is stately, contemplative. But anyone who has keen eyes and an open heart will surely go soaring and crashing with the lovers lost in Malick's exotic, erotic new world.
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.
December 16, 2005
Rapturously romantic and haunting.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2005
An evocative yet slow-moving exploration of the Pocahontas myth.