Reviews

Feb 11, 2021
It is not possible to organize the complexities of modern life in the pauper's bowl of empty moral abstraction and neo-mysticism in an artistically or intellectually satisfying manner.
Feb 3, 2021
Tedium, thy name is Knight of Cups.
Jul 2, 2020
The film meanders along and it seems as if the protagonist doesn't change. His journey of self-discovery doesn't go anywhere. You're left feeling as if you've witnessed something beautiful but empty. Perhaps it is a critique of Hollywood after all.
Apr 3, 2020
Knight of Cups is a big pile of nonsense.
Apr 5, 2019
The lack of any actual plot, one-dimensional characters, the vacant lifestyle of decadence are pretentious at worst and ironic at best.
Apr 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.
Feb 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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?
Oct 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.
Oct 16, 2017
Cups will be outright alienating for most people.
Sep 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.
Sep 28, 2017
On a single, devotedly attentive viewing, I couldn't grok the logic of these headings beyond the lamely prosaic.
Sep 11, 2017
It's not that [Terramce] Malick's themes of emptiness and disconnect are too obscure. He just doesn't make them interesting.
Jun 20, 2017
Someone, please stop him before he films again. Leave us our precious memories of what he was, not what he's become.
Mar 21, 2017
I just need a break from Malick.
Jan 3, 2017
Knight of Cups is a film that feels it has something important to say - much like a twenty-year-old college student who has tried weed for the first time - but in reality, just like said college student, it is speaking nothing but gibberish.
Jan 2, 2017
Perhaps only Christopher Guest can pull off an entirely improvised movie. And perhaps Malick should return to scripts, full-volume voiceovers, and more linear storytelling if he doesn't want to Woody Allen himself and push away fans for good.
Dec 31, 2016
[Malick] confuses grim misery with depth in his work.
Dec 14, 2016
Malick's most experimental film to date, it's also his least emotionally involving: If The Tree of Life aimed for the heart, this one's too busy gazing at its navel.