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The Tree of Life Reviews

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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.
Full Review | 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
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
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
July 6, 2011
The Tree Of Life pushes American cinema into regions uncharted since Stanley Kubrick's heyday.
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