The Tree of Life Reviews

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October 6, 2011
July 12, 2011
The tone of the film is mesmeric, transcendent, awe-inspiring.
July 7, 2011
An extraordinary vision of first contact, not between two cultures but between a soul and the universe.
July 7, 2011
One for the history books.
July 4, 2011
All that really emerges is that Terrence Malick...has, Stanley Kubrick-style, fermented into a filmmaker with a glacial output who begs to be deciphered rather than enjoyed.
June 16, 2011
This film's rewards are many, for those with the patience to simply let it float.
June 15, 2011
In this flawed yet masterful, unforgettable movie, Malick argues that even the tiniest mote can have value. He sees miracles everywhere. You just have to make an effort to see them, too.
June 13, 2011
Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow.
June 10, 2011
"The Tree of Life" is rooted in human nature but ascends to the infinite mystery. It's a dizzying climb with few footholds for the timid or cynical, but the view from above is heavenly.
June 10, 2011
The result actually plays like a divine pronouncement, cosmic in scope and oracular in tone, a cinematic sermon on the mount that shows its creator in exquisite form. Exquisite but frustrating.
June 10, 2011
The vision is dazzling. The portrayal of family life palpable. The ending ... well, let's go back to the vision.
June 10, 2011
What a transcendent achievement.
June 9, 2011
[It] not only aspires to change your life - it tries to explain it, from the first cosmic blip to those busy amoebae splitting and multiplying, to jellyfish jellying through the primal seas, to the planets lined up in a row.
June 9, 2011
Beautiful, baffling, poetic, pretentious, it's one big ball of moviedom.
June 9, 2011
Striving for no less than the pinnacle of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Tree of Life falls short of masterful but retains a power that far too many motion pictures lack.
June 3, 2011
A beautiful, messy film: at times lyrical, intimate, and uplifting; at others, vast, inscrutable, and maddening.
June 3, 2011
Both good and bad, great and fatally flawed, transporting and disappointingly literal.
June 3, 2011
This movie weighs so much, yet contains so little. It's all vault and little coin.
June 2, 2011
These audacious sequences can't help but evoke the metaphysical questing of 2001, and in fact The Tree of Life often feels like a religious response to Stanley Kubrick's cold, cerebral view of our place in the universe. Not to be missed.
June 2, 2011
An audacious visual poet known for gently probing life's big questions, Malick has gone to the source of it all. He's gifted enough to bring out the spiritual dimensions of astrophysics.
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