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The Tree of Life Reviews

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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
July 10, 2011
Within its ambition to convey the meaning of life, The Tree of Life is also boring, cliched and banal.
July 9, 2011
For the first time in decades, Malick has achieved the height of his artistry in fully meshing the emotional and the aesthetic; they tug you in the same direction, rather than against each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 8, 2011
Tree of life? Tree of sanctimonious mopey male egotism disguised as a search for meaning, more like.
July 8, 2011
Nobody else [but Malick] could have made it. Few would even dare to try.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
July 8, 2011
We're very happy to fall in love with Malick's opus.
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.
July 8, 2011
Stunning, baffling, pretentious, brilliant - that's Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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
July 7, 2011
One for the history books.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
July 6, 2011
It feels like Malick made the film for himself, rather than for an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 6, 2011
An extraordinary achievement in storytelling that will captivate your inner sense of being.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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