The Tree of Life - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Tree of Life Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 8, 2011
Tree of life? Tree of sanctimonious mopey male egotism disguised as a search for meaning, more like.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 8, 2011
Nobody else [but Malick] could have made it. Few would even dare to try.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 8, 2011
Beautifully shot, stunningly edited and superbly acted, Malick's long-awaited latest project is part childhood memoir, part metaphysical fantasy and part visual poem encompassing the beginning of life itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
July 8, 2011
As a film it's nothing if not bold - and the second half is the work of Malick The Genius - but if you decide to go, just don't expect a narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
July 8, 2011
We're very happy to fall in love with Malick's opus.
Caroline Jowett
Daily Express (UK)
July 8, 2011
The Tree Of Life is far from perfect but it is a film of great beauty and longing: a philosophical rummage through the troubling memories of a lost America.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 8, 2011
Stunning, baffling, pretentious, brilliant - that's Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
July 7, 2011
Some people have called the film pretentious, as if having a grand aim in making a film is somehow embarrassing. I was incredibly moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
July 7, 2011
An extraordinary vision of first contact, not between two cultures but between a soul and the universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
July 7, 2011
Moviegoers willing to tolerate Malick's origins-of-the-Earth ruminations eventually will come upon a universal American drama featuring one of Brad Pitt's strongest performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 7, 2011
The Tree of Life has an illusion of profundity, but it is just that, an illusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2011
Feels like the elusive film-maker has become more indulgent than before ... being almost subversively disparaging to those who embrace and take comfort in nostalgia ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Mack
Little White Lies
July 7, 2011
One for the history books.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
July 7, 2011
Many will find it ponderous and indulgent, but too often modern cinema is efficient and focus-grouped. The work of Terrence Malick becomes ever more vital as an antidote.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
July 6, 2011
It feels like Malick made the film for himself, rather than for an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Sells
The Reel Deal
July 6, 2011
An extraordinary achievement in storytelling that will captivate your inner sense of being.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
July 6, 2011
The Tree of Life won't resonate with everyone, but viewers approaching it with an open mind and a curious spirit may feel it touching their soul in a way that few films can.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
July 6, 2011
How often do you leave the multiplex pondering the universe and your place in it? Consider it a unique workout for your popcorn-bloated brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Romney
Uncut Magazine [UK]
July 6, 2011
The Tree Of Life pushes American cinema into regions uncharted since Stanley Kubrick's heyday.
Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 6, 2011
Any self-respecting cinephile should make time for it.
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