Sep 28, 2017
On a single, devotedly attentive viewing, I couldn't grok the logic of these headings beyond the lamely prosaic.
Mar 21, 2017
I just need a break from Malick.
Aug 15, 2016
A superlative triumph that transcends any rational critical analysis I could ever have hoped to throw its way.
May 26, 2016
More of the same from Malick, but as thin as it is, this is a trick that still hasn't run its course.
May 8, 2016
Knight of Cups is not without moments of poetry however: an underwater shot of dogs in a swimming pool, chasing elusive tennis balls, is as effective a metaphor for Hollywood as the rest of the picture put together.
May 7, 2016
This mess of tracking shots of deserts, roads and rotating love interests stubbornly refuses to coalesce into anything resembling a narrative film.
May 5, 2016
Whatever Muse drives Malick, whose best work feels both found - in the sense of discovered in the shoot and edit - and profound, he could be accused of cheating on her in Knight of Cups, leapfrogging between unsatisfactory short-term conquests.
May 3, 2016
It's Terrence frickin' Malick... Stand up and pay attention.
Apr 28, 2016
For a director who's tackled big themes so often, Malick finds little worthy of his gifts in the field of male solipsism.
Mar 30, 2016
There's nothing quite like a Malick movie. But once viewers have contemplated the mysteries of the universe itself, perhaps anything else will feel like a step down.
Mar 18, 2016
This is all simply Malick being Malick - you're either on his wavelength or you're not.
Mar 17, 2016
Virtually every scene is delivered through a gauzy cinematic curtain that obscures rather than elucidates, and we never come close to penetrating the angst-filled veneer of the protagonist.
Mar 17, 2016
There's no denying the poetry at work in his film, but so much of it is inchoate and fundamentally sexualized that it becomes more of a turn-off than a turn-on. Malick's Cups is ultimately half-full.
Mar 16, 2016
Malick captures fleeting moments and ethereal visions and lets them swirl alongside the remnants of a shredded script like confetti in a vacuum.
Mar 11, 2016
Malick has moved from self-discovery to self-affirmation; he knows exactly what he's looking for, and Knight of Cups, for all its splendor, made me wish that he could take a swig and forget.
Mar 11, 2016
Taken as a straightforward movie, "Knight of Cups" is an indecipherable mess. Taken as a piece of nonlinear visual poetry, "Knight of Cups" is still an indecipherable mess.
Mar 11, 2016
Sitting in the theater, watching Knight of Cups, you hear an incredible amount of thought-balloon babble, but you don't hear anything approaching the sublime.
Mar 10, 2016
The inwardness also has the happy effect of making the film's physical settings - obscene palazzos, gray temples of commerce, Vegas casinos, desert wastes, neon clubs, and various and sundry bodies of water - serve as interior landscapes.
Mar 10, 2016
Terrence Malick at his worst-tossing a bunch of stars into an ill-defined story.
Mar 10, 2016
A ponderous affair, never taking 30 seconds to make a point when four minutes is available.