A Hidden Life Reviews

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January 30, 2020
How does someone retain their innocence in an inescapably dark time? It's a painful question, but [Terrence] Malick's film is brave enough to ask it.
January 29, 2020
The drama lacks inner tension. Rather than wrestling with himself, as other Malick heroes do, Franz remains a noble waxwork helplessly true to his own convictions.
January 16, 2020
An exquisitely emotional and thorough account of an individual resisting state fascism.
January 15, 2020
Eyes may instinctively roll at Malick's fixation with magical dawn and dusk light - confronted by real darkness, the result is his best film in years.
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 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 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 19, 2019
It's an environmental daydream and a human nightmare rolled into one, Mother Nature vs. human nature, and Malick delivers it with purpose.
December 19, 2019
You can imagine how other filmmakers might approach this - it's a beautifully cinematic story - but no one else would film it quite as Malick has.
December 19, 2019
"A Hidden Life" is less a story than an experience, a spiritual journey made accessible through light and sound. Malick doesn't transcend cinema. He sanctifies it.
December 19, 2019
It quietly demands viewers wind down to become in sync with Jägerstätter's rural life, a world of planting and harvesting, back-breaking labor and joyous celebration, community and kinship.
December 18, 2019
The film is overlong but worthy, with Malick's by-now-standard cinematic tics - couples frolicking idyllically in meadows, murmured pensees on the soundtrack - gathering a great and righteous weight.
December 17, 2019
There is familiarity here, but sincerity too. This is all part of Malick's cinematic forever quest for truth and beauty amidst a world that prefers lies and vulgarity - we can choose to continue alongside, or drop off.
December 16, 2019
Malick's movie is deeply open-hearted, metaphysical and ruminative. But it might have benefited from being brought down to Earth.
December 14, 2019
It's a decision Malick memorializes beautifully, in a film that is his most affecting effort in almost a decade.
December 14, 2019
One of [Malick's] finest films, and one of his most demanding.
December 13, 2019
Perhaps only Malick could at this historical moment make a film so overconfident in its visual and moral convictions.
December 13, 2019
We shouldn't be so smug as to assume that we would always know the right thing to do, or even be brave enough to do it, Malick seems to say. A true act of resistance should crack our universe open.
December 13, 2019
With A Hidden Life and the story of Franz Jägerstätter, the director has found the ideal vehicle for his cosmic inquiries, and has created a film that is mournful, memorable and emotionally exhilarating.
Top Critic
December 12, 2019
As usual, Malick's style of storytelling is roundabout and allusive, but this time it seldom stalls.
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