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Song to Song Reviews

April 7, 2017
The haughtily unenlightened can joke and snipe and snore all the want. As evinced by Song to Song, Malick is operating in top form. If only we'd be bothered to do the work of making sense of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 6, 2017
Terrence Malick's latest film isn't so much a movie as it is a freeform collection of whispers and beseeching looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 23, 2017
This is the one with Ryan Gosling, and like Terrence Malick's two previous dramas it's a gauzy, improvised affair that looks like a photo essay out of Architectural Digest and regards its gorgeous, murmuring actors as if they were statuary.
March 23, 2017
It's a haunting, doleful meditation on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the type of movie that can deeply move you and leave you wondering why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2017
"Song to Song" is Terrence Malick's first truly awful film.
March 23, 2017
"Song to Song" isn't the sleepy disappointment Malick's last two films were, but it's hard not to wish he'd wake up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2017
If "Song to Song" is a punctuation point in Malick's search for a new visual language, let it be an instructive one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 23, 2017
Some moviegoers will find the experience frustrating; others will be exhilarated by a film that's far afield from the usual formulas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2017
Song to Song is slightly less pretentious than Malick's last film, the 2015 sigh of ennui Knight of Cups, though it features just as many miniature actresses.
March 23, 2017
"Song to Song" tests its dreamers and wanderers and leaves them a little wiser, maybe, for the experience. And maybe that's the best way to express how I felt watching it ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2017
"Song to Song" reminds a viewer of what latter-day Malick does best ... place pretty Caucasian chalk outlines within a filmic world of such paralyzing beauty that we're prompted to appreciate the reality into which we stagger once the film is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 22, 2017
Song to Song is quintessential Terrence Malick movie; it's a collection of ecstatic images designed to invoke the divine, to affirm the presence of God. Watching it, as usual, requires the patience of Job.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 21, 2017
Another lethal boring and relentlessly inert load of self-indulgent twaddle cut from the same maddening bolt of existential cloth as the Texas-based writer-director's other pseudo box-office bombs ...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
March 20, 2017
Malick ... displays a conspicuously painterly boldness, a sort of cinematic Impressionism that locates an indelible force of light and detail in the stuff of daily life.
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March 18, 2017
Even at his most indulgent, Malick brings something to the movies that no one else ever has, a way of looking at the world that is easily imitated but has never been equaled.
March 18, 2017
Song to Song seems destined to be remembered only by Malick's most die-hard fans, who can pore over its semiotic details for years to come.
March 17, 2017
Legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick hits all the wrong notes with this rambling, incoherent love-triangle story set against the Austin, Texas music scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 17, 2017
It's a brainy concept album made up of B-sides and filler. The musicianship is superb but the songs needed work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2017
The passion! The anguish! "Can't you see I hurt?" Malick cries out from the darkness. It's hard not to reply, "Can't you see you suck?"
March 16, 2017
"Song to Song" continually flits - like the butterfly seen in one fleeting shot - from theme to theme, from love (always love) to fidelity, betrayal, identity, art, freedom, captivity, forgiveness and mercy.
March 16, 2017
The famous, finely chiseled faces that drift before the camera both fulfill and complicate one of the director's aims, which is to critique the fleeting temptations and soul-crushing consequences of fame, beauty, power and decadence.
March 16, 2017
Malick's just doing his own thing. Everyone's still running to catch up with what he did in the '70s. He's already on another planet.
March 16, 2017
As close to experimental-film parody as a major filmmaker's predilections can get -- woozy shots of slender gods and goddesses in open spaces -- without incurring open laughter.
March 16, 2017
Song To Song simultaneously wants to capture every little thing in its sight, and as few big things as possible; it's a strategy as foolhardy as it is stunningly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 16, 2017
Malick's story is simple, for once, and his themes clearer than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2017
It's unfortunate that Malick seems to prefer the rockier approach.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 14, 2017
You could build a first-world economy using the critics and viewers Malick has estranged over the years. But connect with the kineticism of Song to Song, and it might just leave you breathless.
March 14, 2017
There is only the barest frame of plot in Song to Song, the particulars of which are often incoherent or vague; even character names seem to be superfluous, prosaic details that can only interfere with the director's lofty vision.
March 11, 2017
Suffice to say that Song to Song is not designed to win back onetime admirers who felt Malick's To the Wonder and Knight of Cups drowned in their own navels.
March 11, 2017
It pains me to say it, but Malick might want to consider another lengthy hiatus.
March 11, 2017
In terms of content and meaningfulness, Terrence Malick's Song to Song is the cinematic equivalent of a Trump press conference.
Full Review | Original Score: D