Knight of Cups Reviews

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July 26, 2019
A beautifully realized dramatization of man's search for meaning.
July 23, 2019
Arguably, this is one of the most achingly profound portraits of contemporary Los Angeles, a city with stunningly beautiful facades, the penultimate shrine to American cinema.
April 5, 2019
The lack of any actual plot, one-dimensional characters, the vacant lifestyle of decadence are pretentious at worst and ironic at best.
April 3, 2019
Each individual obtains his or her own meanings from the auteur's films. The problem here is that there is too little substance for anyone to feel anything meaningful or profound.
February 22, 2019
Knight Of Cups too, like the Tarot card whose meaning depends on which way up it is, could either be a revelation of the search for spirituality that Malick hopes to find inside everyone or its opposite -- emptiness.
February 21, 2019
Director Malick does a good job of laying out the monstrous, indulgent allure of showbiz that pulled Rick in and broke him down into the wandering, pulp of a man he is.
December 30, 2018
Knight of Cups is the book of Ecclesiastes put to film. I mean this in the best way possible.
November 5, 2018
A deeply sensual and mesmeric evocation of the alienating effect of Tinseltown as refracted through our ghostly conduit, Rick.
November 3, 2018
What initially seems like a series of incoherent rendezvous builds toward a greater awakening of self-reflection and patience.
August 30, 2018
For anyone who is expecting a plot, an emotional connection to complicated characters, or some semblance of motivation, they will be frustrated by Knight of Cups.
August 23, 2018
Knight of Cups won't convert Terrence Malick skeptics, and might even push fans to wonder if perhaps the emperor has nothing on after all. Is it pretty, or just pretty silly?
August 23, 2018
A visually magnificent, but for large stretches emotionally sterile, ride.
November 5, 2017
Malick's feature is peak Malick in all its Malick-y glory. To be just as inscrutable with my criticism as he is with filmmaking, make of that statement what you will.
October 24, 2017
The mumbled narration -- almost like a film-poem, if you like -- just goes on and on and on, as Rick addresses the really-not-very-big questions... and we just sit there thinking, "I don't really care, just get on with it." But he never does.
October 16, 2017
Cups will be outright alienating for most people.
September 28, 2017
To call it incomprehensible may be beside the point: I'm not sure that it is meant to be understood as much as viewed and felt. But then, it didn't make me feel anything.
September 28, 2017
On a single, devotedly attentive viewing, I couldn't grok the logic of these headings beyond the lamely prosaic.
September 11, 2017
It's not that [Terramce] Malick's themes of emptiness and disconnect are too obscure. He just doesn't make them interesting.
August 29, 2017
The title is odd, but the film is odder. The film works so long as you're willing to allow that not all stories need a beginning, middle, and end, preferably in that order.
June 20, 2017
Someone, please stop him before he films again. Leave us our precious memories of what he was, not what he's become.
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