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The Tree of Life Reviews

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David Keyes
September 22, 2016
Malick's points are more enriching than the mere mutterings from a confused filmmaker. One might even say he understands more about this strange existence than he is willing to admit in front of a camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2016
The Tree of Life is a brilliant achievement in almost all respects, bringing the eternal and the everyday, the macrocosmic and the microscopic, and the physical and the metaphysical into graceful convergences that are awesome to behold.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Frankly, it may require multiple viewings before someone can definitively arrive at a conclusion.
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Malick's reach exceeds his grasp. But man, that is one hell of a reach.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
Go ahead and take away my credibility badge...The film is one of the most emotionally affecting and profound experiences of my life, regardless of how recent it is.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 24, 2013
You'd be hard pressed to find an examination of human existence as profound and spiritual as Terrence Malick's mind-blowing trip through the cosmos.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
Malick may have pushed the envelope a bit too far, losing the ability to see the forest for the trees - even in a film as beautiful and surreal as The Tree of Life
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
It's fair to say that everyone will get at least something out of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2012
While it doesn't leave you as breathless as Malick would like, The Tree of Life will stir your soul and make you think. Which is an outcome every moviemaker should aspire to create.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
This film is a cinematic triumph! Terrence Malick's masterpiece!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 11, 2012
Es cierto que la película es ambiciosa, y que no va a gustarle a todo el mundo. Pero para quien logre conectar con ella, puede resultar en una experiencia removedora y visualmente impactante.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
I'm not sure all of its diverse elements successfully make a whole story, but I am giving this film extra credit for being so incredibly ambitious, visually stunning and humane. It is a refreshing contrast to films that show the worst of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
A visually dazzling, intentionally polarizing examination of life and death, and the beauty and darkness hidden between.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jordan Hiller
January 4, 2012
Terrence Malick's astonishing masterpiece of light, movement, and spirit, casts a dizzying spell and somehow manages to pronounce the ineffable while telling its humble tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric D. Snider
December 30, 2011
A movie rooted in philosophy is bound to feel, well, philosophical. Expecting a filmmaker to avoid highfalutin' imagery and ideas when he's examining The Nature of Man is like expecting a geometry teacher to avoid talking about angles.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
A rich film that sets lofty goals for itself, and doesn't fall short by much.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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