To The Wonder Reviews

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Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
What is most affecting is Malick's intent. He plainly devised the story to give him a series of panels for the expression of feeling.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
Its ambitions might be slight, but its impact is more than slightly powerful.
Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny
June 11, 2013
Dialogue is reduced to impressionistic snatches and self-consciously poetic voice-over; the impressive cast have nothing much to do but exchange meaningful looks through windblown hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Cogshell
Alt Film Guide
June 10, 2013
To the Wonder is built from shattered hearts, broken relationships and unanswered prayers, all better long since forgotten rather than pondered on film, yet again...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 3, 2013
Terrence Malick is to light as Orson Welles was to shadow: the master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 3, 2013
The movie plays like an undercooked pie that hasn't had enough time to cool and settle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 27, 2013
Indisputably comes off as a minor work on the heels of Malick's The Tree of Life but still holds enough of interest for the initiated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
April 27, 2013
Malick succeeds in creating his a separate reality, one drenched with longing and fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 26, 2013
Essentially it's an agglomeration of Malick's worst stylistic annoyances.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 26, 2013
Trying to hold onto any part of it is like trying to catch meringue in a baseball glove.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jason Anderson
The Grid
April 26, 2013
Fragmentary to the point of being formless and devoid of any motivation or momentum, it's the first of Malick's works to feel more like a sketchbook than a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
April 26, 2013
It looks great, the sound is interesting, the actors are doing what they are asked to do, but it didn't hit me the way The Tree of Life did. For fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 25, 2013
Any half-serious filmgoers need to see "To the Wonder" for themselves; it remains the product of a fascinating mind.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 25, 2013
A thing of great beauty, but not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 23, 2013
We should not be exiting a Terrence Malick movie with a shrug, but there it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
April 21, 2013
If you have the ability to ignore Affleck, To the Wonder is a visual stunner, with a surprising transcendental enthusiasm for everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 19, 2013
Gorgeous cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki almost makes 'To the Wonder' worth seeing. Unfortunately, director/writer Terrence Malick fails to flesh out this drama with a plot we can follow.
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 19, 2013
Malick, who is obviously unconcerned with his film's commercial success, continues to work with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and together they have grown immensely fond of long, lovely shots of nature.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 19, 2013
Malick's films are more self-indulgent than other filmmakers. He is enamored with his own camera work, and whether or not his subject matter is germane to the story is largely up to the viewer.
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
April 19, 2013
While it may be filmed beautifully, To the Wonder doesn't exactly move its gestating 112-minute duration along any faster with everyone on-screen galloping around their front yard or a field full of slow moving bison genitalia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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