The New World Reviews

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November 1, 2007
These whispered ruminations are beautifully written, but whose voice are we hearing?
January 31, 2006
The New World is a film to which you have to surrender to enjoy.
January 28, 2006
A profound, revealing, wonderful film about the meeting of two cultures and the shaping of a new one.
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.
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.
January 20, 2006
Through elliptical and seemingly oblique methods, he [Malick] forges moments of staggering emotional power.
January 20, 2006
Like the best music, this film elicits emotions rather than manipulates them.
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.
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.
January 20, 2006
For all its splendor, The New World is really a love affair between Malick and his camera.
January 20, 2006
Malick is so content to tell the tale through mood that he neglects its meaning.
January 20, 2006
A movie that is at once prosaic and abstract, breathtakingly beautiful and excruciatingly obvious, compelling contemplative and deadly dull.
January 20, 2006
New World has some fine imagery, but it doesn't transport us in the way The Thin Red Line did.
January 20, 2006
The New World is a poetic force at once wrenching and soothing.
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.
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.
January 19, 2006
The ponderous narrative lacks so much focus that it will likely leave most viewers squirming in their seats.
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