The Tree of Life Reviews

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February 13, 2020
The Tree of Life is a singular cinematic experience.
January 17, 2020
The Tree of Life may not be perfect, but it is as close to essential viewing for anyone interested in the progress of American cinema as an art form as anything you're likely to come across for a long while.
December 23, 2019
Malick examines family, faith and loss, moving from the central character's postwar Texas childhood to contemporary urban anomie while treating vast cosmic possibilities and small domestic details with the same lyrical vision.
August 23, 2019
A poetic work of art and will be worshipped by many.
June 3, 2019
A film of monumental beauty and quiet, intense power; at once cosmic and intimate, massive in scale and deeply personal in scope.
February 21, 2019
Malick makes some daring, strange, brilliant choices whose connections reveal themselves only gradually and obliquely.
February 14, 2019
It's a testament to Malick's filmmaking skill that we do become somewhat engaged in Jack's childhood struggles with his father's authority, his mild Oedipal issues and his other growing-up issues.
January 8, 2019
It's a beautifully made film, poetic in its attention to detail. But underneath its mannered surface, it's really quite a conventional coming-of-age film, filled with themes we've seen on screen so often before.
December 31, 2018
There is no denying the stunning work of art visionary director Terrence Malick has created on a sprawling and ambitious timeline that begins with a lyrical take on the creation of life.
November 8, 2018
Terrence Malick has created a beautiful and ambitious meditation on memory, childhood and the nature of being.
November 8, 2018
Malick's most ambitious statement yet for his belief in the overwhelming transcendence of the sensory and material ephemera of the world over its transient, hegemonic concerns
November 5, 2018
[Malick] does his thinking by means of cinema in its full range of possibilities, and that is at any time a rare spectacle.
October 31, 2018
The ultimate brilliance of The Tree Of Life is the film's utter disinterest in answering the questions it poses.
September 16, 2018
The new edition gives a deeper imprint to various threads of the original, ultimately sculpting a more affecting, fleshed-out picture of a story that remains boundlessly evocative in its ambition.
August 31, 2018
Ideally, you would bathe in a film like this without striving to decipher it. As it's a film about what we can't get our heads around, we are probably not meant to get our heads round it. But, even so, it is so audacious it will take your breath away.
March 22, 2018
The result is a fragmented but beautiful kaleidoscope of a film that is closer to a prayer set to music than to a story.
October 24, 2017
As a film, The Tree of Life is stellar on every level.
August 22, 2017
Malick's film is about life and death in the grandest biblical sense, but it is especially about the latter.
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.
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.
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