The New World Reviews

June 5, 2019
A probing, lyrical exploration of what makes us - as humans, as Americans, as inhabitants of this mortal plane - who we are.
February 28, 2019
The true star of this film is the incredible cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.
November 8, 2018
Closer to a symphonic poem than any conventional form of dramaturgical motion picture, Terence Malick's The New World is a triumphant work of unmitigated sensuality.
July 30, 2016
Any ambience created in tandem by Lubezki and Malick repeatedly dissipates in the face of the plodding treatment of fascinating material.
July 28, 2016
The filmmakers are very wise to make this New World, and the people in it, seem untouched, immediate, and present. There may be a small amount of cultural foreboding, but it is heard distantly, like an echo of lamentation.
March 2, 2014
Great works, when they next-to-never come, are always accompanied by giggles.
February 21, 2014
Malick manages to do something I never thought possible, and that's make America seem like a New World to begin with.
February 14, 2012
October 14, 2011
Discovery is a sensory experience by nature, and to lightly run one's fingers through someone's hair in The New World is to know them in some fundamental way.
June 10, 2011
It is about the dreams we have when we are awake but in a state of absolute peace and perfect self-reflection.
May 13, 2011
By now the familiar elements have begun to resemble a misguided perfume commercial. Call it Terrence Malick's Obsession.
April 20, 2011
Not Malick's best film, but more than up to his usual high standards, The New World is a powerful and emotional romantic drama, and an essential story in the history of America.
April 4, 2011
August 30, 2009
Makes you view the world with virgin eyes again
April 29, 2009
A rather boring, and often pretentious bit of romance that's neither original nor memorable.
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.
January 2, 2009
If I think I'm mostly going to keep coming back to [the 172-minute] cut (and I do hope, someday soon, for a Mr. Arkadin-like 3-cuts comparative DVD set) it's because it feels most fully realized.
October 12, 2008
...the romance of the three humans is secondary to the romance of the New World itself and all it symbolizes.
June 3, 2008
[Malick's] characters must consider their lives, consider each other, and resolve the situation like adults. And when they do, a story that seemed to be irredeemably broken snaps back together.
April 28, 2008
An epic retelling of the Pocahontas story that, despite its flaws, leaves you slack-jawed with wonder at times.