The Tree of Life Reviews

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November 16, 2019
[T]here are parts of TThe Tree of Life that are mesmerizing and awe inspiring, however, there are other parts that should have been left on the cutting room floor...
August 27, 2019
The Tree of Life in no way measured up.
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.
August 25, 2017
I'm not sure The Tree of Life is as bad as The New World, but it's certainly more pretentious.
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.
January 4, 2013
Absurdly over-rated...
July 13, 2012
Less Plato than metaphysical Play-Doh
December 31, 2011
If I can prevent just one person from watching this, it'll have been worth suffering through it.
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..
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.
July 13, 2011
Like watching your whole life crawl towards you on its hands and knees.
July 12, 2011
It's difficult to shake the sense of it as the spectacle of a man gone deep-sea diving in his own navel.
July 10, 2011
Within its ambition to convey the meaning of life, The Tree of Life is also boring, cliched and banal.
July 8, 2011
Tree of life? Tree of sanctimonious mopey male egotism disguised as a search for meaning, more like.
July 7, 2011
The Tree of Life has an illusion of profundity, but it is just that, an illusion.
July 6, 2011
It feels like Malick made the film for himself, rather than for an audience.
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.
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.
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
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