A Hidden Life Reviews

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January 6, 2020
Much more ambitious and laden with gravitas than Malick's recent work, but it's also boring, if well-intentioned
January 6, 2020
Slow, somber and visually sumptuous, it's a timely meditation on faith and conscience.
January 3, 2020
Malick fans will rejoice that he has returned to a safe place, and nonfans, who are patient, will be rewarded by the intended subtleties present in "A Hidden Life."
January 3, 2020
The film runs almost three hours and could certainly be shorter, but at the same time, it's hard to argue it doesn't earn such an epic run time.
January 2, 2020
This is a movie so gorgeous that every image seems suitable for framing, but it's not enough.
January 2, 2020
If you have faith in writer-director Terrence Malick's vision, you'll eventually be rewarded with imagery that has the power to move mountains, and experience a spiritual grandiosity that pours over you like a waterfall.
January 1, 2020
Its throbbing narrative basks, and basks, and basks in the nefarious interference of belief...and that sort of ambition, while well-fostered, runs the serious risk of driving audiences towards indifference of its reigning principles.
December 31, 2019
Despite its faults, the film does indeed succeed in being a species of religious experience. It has a powerful sense of the immanence of life.
December 27, 2019
A Hidden Life is a story for the ages, best summed up by the quote from George Eliot's Middlemarch that provides its title: "The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts."
December 27, 2019
A Hidden Life is so detached from our spiritual and political needs that it feels similarly useless.
December 26, 2019
The cinematography by Jörg Widmer is stunning, the screenplay by Malick is both straightforward and philosophical, and the questions raised by this film are as relevant today as they were in the 1930s.
December 24, 2019
You admire this man and his devotion. You're enraged by this man because nobody in the world will know or care about his sacrifice...
December 24, 2019
Although there is nothing easy about Malick's telling, his hero's admirable moral and spititual stance, combined with the director's sprinkling of ever-fascinating images, might leave you contemplating your own being.
December 24, 2019
Raises a great many insoluble questions, and walks us through the process by which one man tried to solve them, while leaving us plenty of space to think about them ourselves.
December 24, 2019
Attention. Needless attention. Heedless attention. We hear Hitler's voice again, cadenced, raving, distant, resting upon the hillsides as dusk's last fingers of red and orange are lost to charcoal night.
December 23, 2019
Malick lets the story run long and loose - at a shade under three hours, A Hidden Life features an almost overwhelming amount of scenery, and a lot of repetition in the scenes of Nazi officials trying to break Franz's will.
December 23, 2019
A Hidden Life is one of Malick's best films, a compelling, beautifully shot tale of someone doing what is right despite the risk.
December 23, 2019
"A Hidden Life" is indisputably the finest work Malick has produced in eight years, as an examination of faith, conviction and sacrifice, but also as proof of concept for his own idiosyncratic style.
December 23, 2019
A Hidden Life is the perfect vessel for Malick to explore the nature of morality with a keen sense of focus absent from his past few films.
December 23, 2019
Vexing and infuriating, and made all the more so by how stupefyingly stunning the entire picture is, "A Hidden Life" needed someone to pull the visionary behind the camera back from some of his more indulgent fantasies.
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