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The Tree of Life Reviews

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December 24, 2011
Writer/director Terrence Malick has defied the odds and created a masterpiece of harrowing truth and deeply felt emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
December 18, 2011
A bold, epic exercise that Malick comes close to pulling off. It may not stack up against his best, but it doesn't fail to incite feelings of awe in its audience, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 15, 2011
Yes, it is a very strange film but, cutting Malick some slack for artistic license, his film is also compelling and hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 3, 2011
Malick's brilliantly acted and photographed film evokes the emotional turmoil of childhood, its resentment, pains and joys, in a way that few other filmmakers can match
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 20, 2011
Impressionistic may be a nice way to describe this often baffling mix of stunning cosmic imagery mixed with random snapshots of familial struggle...very, very different..
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 12, 2011
Not since "The Fountain" have I been left pondering on the bigger picture for such an extended period of time...
Matt Glasby
September 14, 2011
It's confounding, borderline pretentious, stuff, but there's no denying the emotional weight it lends - imagine flicking through a Bible and someone's baby book at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 19, 2011
The fifth film from Terrence Malick melds theology, philosophy and human experience in the unforgettable The Tree of Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
August 16, 2011
While I was writing this I learned that "The Tree of Life" had won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival...I can only assume that the judges were all cinematographers awarding a film consisting of Kodak moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 9, 2011
Uma experiência profundamente religiosa para ateus, humanistas e, principalmente, cinéfilos.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 8, 2011
Easily Malick's warmest movie and may well endure as his masterpiece...It is also a profoundly theological work. The best film of 2011 (tie).
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
August 6, 2011
The Tree of Life needs to be seen. Even if it is just because you've never seen anything like it before.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 31, 2011
If you find the storyline trite or tedious, you still might be engaged by its sheer beauty and come away admiring it for its audacity to be so confounding.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tim Martain
The Mercury
July 14, 2011
The Tree of Life is either a triumph of artistic cinema or an almost inscrutable load of film wank. I'm still not entirely sure which.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
July 14, 2011
This film is undoubtedly a piece of art, as much so as a Picasso painting -- one that invites viewers to immerse themselves, scratch their heads and consider it.
| Original Score: 4/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 13, 2011
Like watching your whole life crawl towards you on its hands and knees.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 12, 2011
The tone of the film is mesmeric, transcendent, awe-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael Atkinson
Sight and Sound
July 12, 2011
A film that's more interesting to argue about than to actually watch.
July 10, 2011
Malick seems to be trying to crystallise - in his own abstract way - a running theme in his work that dates back to Days of Heaven: that however significant or insignificant our lives turn out to be, our continued existence is a miracle in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
July 10, 2011
Within its ambition to convey the meaning of life, The Tree of Life is also boring, cliched and banal.
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