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October 16, 2017
This is emotionally driven storytelling and filmmaking on a purer level, one that relays actual mental processes and all the subtle details of human interaction, while also showcasing meditative observations about life that strengthens faith and inspires kindness.
October 10, 2017
If you are easily bored this movie probably isn't for you but the visuals are great and the cinematography is beautiful, there are plenty of things to enjoy.
September 24, 2017
I'm glad that this film is slowly starting to gain the popularity it deserves in "Best Films of All Time" lists. It's always great to see a clever work of ambiguity. It leaves you thinking about it long afterwards. There are some scenes which are so complex that they can puzzle you long afterwards. Beneath all of its ambiguity lies a fleshed out character arc. On top of that, its cinematography is amazing. It is a pretty strong contender for "Best Cinematography Ever". This is a great film which must be experienced by everyone.
½ August 24, 2017
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½ August 18, 2017
Tedious, drippy, claptrap. That's about all I can say. Two hours of exploring a family dynamic that could easily be explained in about 3 sentences. There were about 3 scenes that sincerely moved me (totaling about 47 seconds altogether). Then there were a bunch of scenes where I was not necessarily moved but I found a commendable authenticity. But nothing came of any of it. It was all just a lot of public zit-squeezing on the part of Terence Malick. And oh-my-gawd, the whispered voiceovers. There needed to be a special Razzie for Achievement in New Lows in Voiceovers Brother. Mother. It was they who led me to your door. Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Forgive. Are you kidding me with that crap? 3 out of 10
½ July 19, 2017
Tree of life is by far one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, it capture's life in such an amazing way. I found myself gasping at the incredible cinematography, filming and the incredible soundtrack. If you in anyway love the art of film, this is a must see
½ July 16, 2017
This film speaks to the spirit of restlessness and seeking to find a place within ourselves where we can find peace and stillness, but there is none, just an ongoing sequence of images that interspersed as they are randomly on screen, actually in my view convey the macabre nature of life itself, given that if we are all living between thin veil atmosphere and space and then the ongoing infiniteness of nothing in space, you are nearly called to question how this story may be the quintessential expression of the unfolding and pulling at the seems of the traditional American family as it traverses from the drastic cultural and spiritual differences between the years of the 1950s and the current 2000s we live in, the expanse between these American cultural experiences nearly propels this film and charges it with meaning, which makes all the more compelling the beauty, absurdity, grace, timeless pensivity of the simple yet profound questions the film asks, and it is justly so that there is little dialogue, that there is hardly any communication between the people that occupy the film, because aren't we all each lost in our own universes which no one else can truly occupy, no one else except the Loving arms of the Divine, which I think is expressed as dearly loving and treasuring the boys as they meander through the abusive and tough social terrain of their fractured childhoods.
June 23, 2017
A masterpiece about family and the meaning of life screaming to get out. The Tree of Life has so much good stuff in it. Brad PItt gives his best screen performance !
½ June 19, 2017
Terrence Malick falls out form with this faux-artistic endeavor: the story and characters revolve around the camerawork and cinematography, whereas his early masterpieces, Badlands and Days of Heaven, were cinematically told from the perspective of the characters; there's a big difference. You have to establish a strong connection with the characters' dream in order to fulfill imaginative sequences, and Malick fails to do that here.
May 6, 2017
i appreciate artistic films .. this' not one of them. Visually engaging, yet empty at its core. Expecting existential qns, this was more about an abusive father & a broken child. that's it. Peppered with hints of Christianity .. but not enough to give it shape either. & the abusive man's need for some form of success, to have something. An unnecessary & unpleasant film.
April 19, 2017
En extremo surrealista, me gustů bastante.
½ April 7, 2017
This was a boring movie that went on way too long.
½ March 23, 2017
Somewhat meandering and long-winded, although I would watch this film again for the opening sequence alone, apparently, according to 2011 me.
½ March 17, 2017
self important and completely dull. This is one of the worst movies I have seen in years. Just because it is convoluted does not mean it is good.
March 16, 2017
The cinematography and nature sequences look fantastic, But they go on for way too long which is when I realized this should've been a narative
½ March 14, 2017
The Tree of Life: Large in Scope, Minuscule in Execution
February 27, 2012
By Ben Kuettel

The Tree of Life
After hearing about the plot of The Tree of Life and the extreme reactions to it, I was naturally intrigued to see it. Almost everyone I asked said it was good but had a lot of problems, mostly people just told me they had mixed feelings about it. Last weekend, I finally saw it. The plot is practically nonexistent. It is purposefully confusing, and for some reason, it has the need to splice nature and galaxy clips in between the action, complete with whispered voiceovers and operatic music. It almost feels like two plots meshed into one. In one, we see a nature program about the evolution of life, while the other has three brothers terrorized by their overly stern father, played by Brad Pitt.

The movie is of course too busy showing us galaxies and CGI dinosaurs to actually make any effort in the beginning to introduce or establish any of the characters or their motivations. This makes the sequences with the family seem questionable and leaves the audience asking, ‚Where did this come from?‚? While the plot deals with a stern father and his rebelling children, most of the footage is actually just of the children playing. There will be up to ten straight minutes of the brothers doing nothing but running around in a field. These scenes add nothing to the story and drag on painfully slowly. By the end, the audience is left questioning what they just saw and what exactly the point of it is. The real message always remains hazy and undefined.

The entire film plays out to distance the audience rather than to engage them in what is happening. I have a love for psychological, surreal, mind-bending movies (The Machinist, Eraserhead, The Seventh Seal, The Fountain, Donnie Darko, etc.) but all of them succeed where this movie fails. Movies can‚(TM)t be made with a theme and a plot of only life. Every movie is about life. There has to be a real story to it. Dazzling visuals and shots of nature edited together with whispering, then showing children playing, just isn‚(TM)t enough. It also doesn‚(TM)t help that The Tree of Life thinks it‚(TM)s the best movie ever made. It is pretentious, obnoxious, and self-indulgent. It manipulates the audience, which honestly, can sometimes be a good thing when done right. But when the audience is cheated and repelled from a disjointed, half-executed plot and scenes ripped off from the BBC series Planet Earth with no connection to each other ‚" this is where The Tree of Life fails.

A particular line from The Tree of Life caught me and seems important to share: ‚If you have nothing important to say, don‚(TM)t say anything at all.‚? If only Terrence Malick had asked himself this question, he probably wouldn‚(TM)t have been able to make the movie. The Tree of Life shows us a lot but makes no attempts to say anything about it. The beauty of nonlinear plots is watching all the pieces of the puzzle come together in a satisfying and usually confusing conclusion (ex. Inception, Memento, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). But The Tree of Life never pulls any of it together. It begins as a shattered mess of visuals and symbols and remains that way by the time the credits start rolling.
March 6, 2017
Excellent in many ways, but far too esoteric for the mainstream.
February 22, 2017
The Tree of Life is a very unique movie, it has good themes and is a very beautiful movie, but it's boring as hell. Malick forgets to have interesting characters, but I guess that's ok for a film like this.
February 12, 2017
Started watching this movie expecting the unexpected, and the unexpected is what I got. The entire movie is visually stunning, but the narrative was lost on me. I had to read interpretations written by others to get a semblance of its meaning, but even they were not totally convincing.
February 3, 2017
Although considered only an 'Art' film this film has tremendous depth & visual scope. On the surface it's the story of a Mid West American family & their struggles & joys but there is so much more to this than initially seems.

The film in my opinion focuses on creation in general with the juxtaposition of the creation of the earth & a child itself.

This is by no means entertainment but very deep & thought provoking. Sensational performance by Jessica Chastain who is a shinning star. Also terrific performances by the young boys..Terrence Malik has directed a beautiful film.
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