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The Tree of Life Reviews

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September 8, 2017
... it's too bad what could have been a beautifully crushing family drama was usurped by a massive amount of unnecessary special effects clouding the real story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 13, 2013
The lack of story or purpose is annoying and at times, the film is too experimental. Topping things off is an abrupt and unsatisfying ending which doesn't leave us with good feelings towards the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
July 6, 2011
It feels like Malick made the film for himself, rather than for an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 25, 2011
There are some touching scenes between father and son but the rest of the film felt too heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 25, 2011
The final product feels less like the grand-scale epic that Malick intended, and more like a college thesis paper on spirituality that's missing a few pages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 13, 2011
Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 4, 2013
Absurdly over-rated...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 13, 2011
Like watching your whole life crawl towards you on its hands and knees.
May 26, 2011
A young couple raises three boys in the 1950s. Both Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as the couple function from textbook gender roles, like Father Knows Best with an axe to grind.
Full Review | Original Score: Overripe
May 18, 2011
For me, this is a pretty crushing disappointment, something that's hard to admit and even harder to write.
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
July 5, 2011
Possibly it reinforces our awareness that finding any sort of path through life is a pretty overwhelming business, but this is not a terribly radical conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 17, 2011
The Tree of Life is a fractured film, so they needed five different editors to put it back together. I heard the original title was going to be The Humpty Dumpty of Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 3, 2011
What we're left with is a scrapbook of stunning images.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2011
Malick resides largely in his own vivid imagination and overly active subconscious, where it's just too easy for everybody else to get resolutely and inescapably lost.
June 27, 2011
The title suggests a grand vision about humanity, but this is at best garbled and perfunctory
July 4, 2011
Apart from a middle section which reveals moments of clarity and actual emotion, this is a bloated, self-indulgent bore of fine imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2
June 3, 2011
With its parallel depictions of the birth of the universe and a family in 1950s Texas, it must be plumbing deep meanings, right? Eh.
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-
June 18, 2011
I admire The Tree of Life - in the same way I admire the white-haired lady in the Guinness Book of World Records with 28-foot fingernails. By the way, after "The Tree of Life," you'll probably have to cut your nails, just saying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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