A subtle and context-driven approach to historical filmmaking.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Many have tried, but none can match Malick's touch for shuffling a deck of elegiac images.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
In Terrence Malick's elegiac film, Pocahontas is a woman whose story has the reach of myth and the tragic dimension of life.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A profound, revealing, wonderful film about the meeting of two cultures and the shaping of a new one.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The ponderous narrative lacks so much focus that it will likely leave most viewers squirming in their seats.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
That sound you're about to hear is the cracking of spines as Terrence Malick enthusiasts like me bend over backward trying to cut The New World a break.
Mike Clark - USA Today
The New World is stately almost to the point of being static and thus has trouble finding a central story around which to arrange itself; it's not quite the thin dead line, but it's close.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Self-indulgent, gorgeous, maddening, grueling, ultimately transcendent, it's a Terrence Malick movie all the way, and possibly the director's most sustained work since 1972's Badlands.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
As an epic, it's monumentally slight.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Malick is a writer-director of extraordinary vision who is like an endangered species.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Malick is so content to tell the tale through mood that he neglects its meaning.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
It's by no means the longest movie ever made, but it's one of the longest movies ever made in which next to nothing ever happens and barely a word is spoken.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
The New World is a poetic force at once wrenching and soothing.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
The lesson is as clear as rainwater: to the innocent eye, ripe for marvelling, every world is new.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
He [ Terrence Malick] is a visionary, and this story requires one.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The film, which is superb on every technical and design level, has both greatness and fuzzy-headedness in it.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Like the best music, this film elicits emotions rather than manipulates them.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Malick appears to consider this an epic tale, but beyond its 2-hour-plus length, the film never quite reaches the scale he's after.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There's a problem when the movie about the European conquest of America seems longer than the actual conquest itself.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
The movie is two and a half hours of paralyzing tedium.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Malick's exalted visuals and isolated metaphysical epiphanies are ill-supported by a muddled, lurching narrative, resulting in a sprawling, unfocused account of an epochal historical moment.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
This lavish coffee-table-book of a movie gradually reveals itself as an uninvolving, crashing bore.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Malick paints the celluloid like a canvas, filling it with rapturous images of wild America, its flowing fields of grass, rivers teeming with fish and the endless horizon of free land.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
He [Malick] swoons for his own well-honed image as a painter of woodland idylls, a man who leaves no sway of wheat or ripple of water unmet by his fatherly gaze.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A Terence Malick film remains an event, but he appears awfully disoriented in The New World -- less a seasoned traveller than a perplexed tourist, content to mask his confusion by reaching for a camera and snapping relentless pretty pictures.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Terrence Malick may not care much for people, but he never met a tree he didn't like.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The New World isn't Terrence Malick's best, but it's guiding him in the right direction.
Dana Stevens - Slate
It's a worthy effort, and recommended viewing for those who have interest.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An evocative yet slow-moving exploration of the Pocahontas myth.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
This is no breathless film fantasy; its pulse is stately, contemplative. But anyone who has keen eyes and an open heart will surely go soaring and crashing with the lovers lost in Malick's exotic, erotic new world.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
Rapturously romantic and haunting.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The New World is a work of breathtaking imagination, less a movie than a mode of transport, and in every sense a masterpiece.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
It is about the dreams we have when we are awake but in a state of absolute peace and perfect self-reflection.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
By now the familiar elements have begun to resemble a misguided perfume commercial. Call it Terrence Malick's Obsession.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Dave White - Movies.com
Makes you view the world with virgin eyes again
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
"The New World" is a movie that promises to leave its viewers with a bigger headache than you'd get contemplating the current state of global affairs.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
If I think I'm mostly going to keep coming back to [the 172-minute] cut (and I do hope, someday soon, for a Mr. Arkadin-like 3-cuts comparative DVD set) it's because it feels most fully realized.
Keith Uhlich - House Next Door
...the romance of the three humans is secondary to the romance of the New World itself and all it symbolizes.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
[Malick's] characters must consider their lives, consider each other, and resolve the situation like adults. And when they do, a story that seemed to be irredeemably broken snaps back together.
Robert Davis - Paste Magazine
An epic retelling of the Pocahontas story that, despite its flaws, leaves you slack-jawed with wonder at times.
James Mottram - Film4
The New World is a thing of wild beauty, untamed and feral yet luxurious, sumptuous and lavish all at the same time.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
These whispered ruminations are beautifully written, but whose voice are we hearing?
David Ansen - Newsweek
The Terrence Malick masterpiece I, for one, have been waiting for.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
A two-and-a-half-hour cinematic mosaic meant by Malick more as a monument to himself than to the misrepresented maiden it presumes to memorialize.
Kam Williams - Upstage Magazine
A real work of art, a hearty meal in today's cinematic fast-food culture.
Lewis Beale - Film Journal International
ill be cheered by a relatively small, but educated and curious contingent of ticket buyers.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Unfortunately, when you try to bring everything together, it's hard to tell what Malick is trying to get at.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Lazily reassuring, a dime-store haiku, and a master's nadir.
Sky Hirschkron - Stylus Magazine
A work of great intelligence, ambition and radiant beauty.
Amy Taubin - Sight and Sound
A film to be cherished.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Malick's script reinforces some of the unlikely myths like Mataoaka's romance with John Smith and Mataoaka dramatically risking her life to save Smith's life. But like most Malick films it is also a finely painted portrait showing the smallness of man in
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
One thing you have to give Malick credit for: He certainly marches to a different drummer, even if it's one that only he can hear, and he never meets an audience even halfway.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It's a beautiful and difficult work of art.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Self-indulgent sludge dressed up as shimmering historical aesthetics--and paced as briskly as a swim across the Atlantic.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
There are so many mysteries in this film, and Malick's greatest achievement was to suggest them without forcing answers on us.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
From carefree nymph with long hair flying in the wind to corseted lady of restraint, Q'Orianka Kilcher's Pocahontas appeals to the free spirit in all of us. But the film is strangely uninvolving.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Malick's magic remains undiminished.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
A melancholy revery of a time when nature provided a spiritual sustenance that could not be replaced by religious or social order.
Derek Smith - Cinematic Reflections
...seamlessly combines lavishly mounted beauty with subtle emotional power.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
This stunningly beautiful film is mesmerizing to watch.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A poetic, fluid painting...
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
[A] gorgeous, moving, messy and utterly unique visual poem.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Malick's painterly images and meditative voiceovers are not for me the overwhelming force of nature they are for some, but I'm willing to be swept along by them, if what they have to say is potent enough.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
[Kilcher's] transformation from an innocent in Eden to a stranger in a strange land and back again is a remarkable bit of largely nonverbal acting.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Not about the storytelling; a tone poem that sounds gorgeous
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Malick's typically unhurried and measured pace is wholly appropriate for The New World, which expresses the awe of discovery and re-invents no less than the popular myth of our country's founding.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Compelling and prophetic.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
This film is not so much an epic love story, as it is a poem paying tribute to the remarkable spirit of Pocahontas ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The New World is a film to which you have to surrender to enjoy.
Paul Arendt - BBC
As beautiful as it is, Malick's artful diorama makes for dire drama.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Tedious, mesmerizing and ultimately quite moving...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
An instant classic.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
You'll need a couple of strategically placed matches to stay awake until the end.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
I can admire most of it, but I can't quite recommend it.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
... a film that flows like a great symphony, that sweeps you into its meditative current and guides you toward one epiphany after another.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
The main problem is that the film is just too inaccessible to the casual viewer... It's also marred by a pretentious voiceover and far too much tree-stroking in general.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's the discovery of a new world conveyed through a filmmaker's distinctive way of seeing. Open to it, and it's hypnotic.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
There's never even a whiff of corporate thought, demographics or the sense of a movie made by a committee -- merely writer-director Malick's personal vision.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
... while it's a big improvement on his previous effort, Malick seems like he's still finding his bearings after that 20-year sabbatical.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Admittedly slow moving but rapturous for history lovers enamored by the period when our beloved country held the promise of a fresh start.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
There were a plethora of bad lines, but I don't have enough room to list them all.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A beautiful and remarkable film about a beautiful and remarkable person.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Evidently, Colin Farrell's agent must think he's destined to play famous historical figures on the big screen, and look credible in the process. I say he needs a new agent.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Although the erroneously inflected dialogue in the film is sparse, it makes up for it with visual ambition.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Kilcher is great, and the film's beautiful. But after the first five shots of still water disrupted by boots or boats, we get Malick's point. By film's end, it's as untethered from its rapturous beginning as its lovers are from their cultures.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Malick's tranquil narrative is hopelessly ponderous and unravels in its tedious search for its adventurous niche. [Malick] should know how to motivate moviegoers beyond sparkling waterways and crisp blue skies.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
... there is just too little character and story to sustain the long middle section.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Terence Malik brings us a fresh look at "The New World" in a beautiful but overly long picture.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
The movie is frustrating, mainly because of Malick's penchant for emphasizing style over substance. His self-indulgence detracts from what could have been an epic drama ...
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Terrence Malick takes this well known story and weaves it into a visually stunning look at how the settlers and natives did -- and did not -- get along.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
The only question Malick seems to offer here is how many people will actually sit through this two-and-a-half hour Calvin Klein ad.
Les Wright - culturevulture.net
Terrence Malick's classical music video is certain to induce Zen-like trances in audiences everywhere.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A Terrence Malick movie -- only four features in 33 years -- is such a visual splurge that you feel the film and its coffee-table book have arrived in unison.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Through elliptical and seemingly oblique methods, he [Malick] forges moments of staggering emotional power.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The New World laps over its audience like water on a deserted beach, moving so quietly that you almost don't notice that it's enveloped you.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
New World has some fine imagery, but it doesn't transport us in the way The Thin Red Line did.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Terence Malick makes films so rarely that his fans want every one to be a masterpiece. Alas, The New World falls far short of the mark.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The greatest failing of The New World is that it may dazzle our senses but it fails to involve us emotionally.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Watching The New World is like watching a snail cross an eight-lane highway.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
The movie, for all its beauty, is oddly inert.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Malick's artistry, which extends to a stoically slow score by James Horner, is far more assured than in Thin Red Line. He is, after all this time, truly back.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
If you abandon your popcorn-movie diet where everything barrels along at such a fast clip, you'll discover a lovely and painstakingly detailed treasure, if one that is occasionally too inert for its own good.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
Malick has a gorgeous talent for capturing supernal landscapes, for conveying their sorrow, and it would be a loss if he stopped directing again at a time when Hollywood is more starved than ever before for the personal touch.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
A movie that is at once prosaic and abstract, breathtakingly beautiful and excruciatingly obvious, compelling contemplative and deadly dull.
Terry Erb - Detroit Free Press
Ultimately, The New World defines true love as something more than desire, nostalgia, or sexual chemistry. It boldly condones a higher love characterized by selflessness and fidelity...
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
The New World is pretty as a postcard.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
He [Terrence Malick] stubbornly refuses to make the narrative interesting or easily comprehensible.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
This is a willfully noncommercial film, a two-hour-plus tone poem on this country's origins and original sin. As such it is often uplifting and occasionally exasperating. But it's unlike anything else you've seen.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Fields of wind-blown grass, rippling inland waterways and the hum of nature are more important to Malick than dialogue and plot.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
For all its splendor, The New World is really a love affair between Malick and his camera.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Malick doesn't so much tell a story as he does transport us to another time and place.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
For Terrence Malick, The New World is anything but -- it's the same mix of nature photography, monologue and sudden violence we saw in The Thin Red Line.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The New World could be dismissed as romantic hokum. However, Malick's elegiac sensitivity to historic context and collateral circumstances turns you always hurt the one you love into an epitaph for the ages.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The movie's gorgeous pictorialism draws us toward the shore, but Malick often leaves us marooned in the shoals, waiting for a story to arrive.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
The New World is more an ethereal cinematic tone poem than plot-driven story.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The movie screams, "look at the pretty tall grass, look at the people frolicking in it, look at the pretty trees." I like trees, too, but I'll go to the park to see them
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's a fascinating conceit, this sticky idea that the complexities of the world are held in the walnut shell of Keats' beauty is truth and truth, beauty.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Word has it that director Malick pulled the film from distribution right after Christmas in order to cut it down by 17 minutes. If only he had cut out the other 133 as well.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It's haunting and cathartic: a grand romantic vision of two lovers caught in the grip of a Darwinian culture clash, played out with the precision and power of a Greek myth.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It wasn't the Puritans -- it was beast that killed the beauty.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
most audiences will be bored to tears by this pretty but pointless rehash of the Pocahontas legend.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Malick is a filmmaker who understands the quiet power of the image.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Only Terrence Malick could get away with this.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
the cinematic equivalent of a tone poem with an emotional impact that works on more than the conscious level. This is history that is not just seen, but felt, and absorbed into one's very soul
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The New World carries the sense of discovery that comes with seeing a densely layered work of art for the first time, a work that speaks personally to one's heart and mind.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Never less than astounding visually, but it lacks the consistency in vision of Malick's masterpieces.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Malick makes up his own cinematic language as he goes along -- a drifting, painterly eye-of-God perspective that discards boring narrative conventions. Savor this one, folks.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Saved by its intrepid character portrayals and an evocative sense of what-if? that pervades one of history's most enduring and storied love affairs.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
It's beautiful, and gloriously refreshing -- so unique, in fact, it's hard to believe any studio actually gave him the money to craft such an unlikely achievement.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Malick's screenplay seems intent on keeping all of these people at arm's length, as if they were wax figures in a museum, separated from the public by thick glass cases.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Despite its sweeping natural backdrop and historical notoriety, 'The New World' is really a small-scale, intimate romance.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
You can call it art, I'll just call it boring.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The lack of sharply defined plot or characters will probably annoy mainstream filmgoers, but anyone looking for a thing of beauty will adore this.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
... a fever dream of the Pocahontas legend, a troubling, haunting poem of innocence tainted.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
Despite Bale, Kilcher and Ferrell's excellent performances, this thing is a bit of a dog.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Malick relishes poetic imagery the way others devour plot and characters. This is lyrical, meditative and sumptuous but sleep-inducing, like "Pocahontas" minus the songs.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Scene for radiant scene, shot for nary a wasted shot, The New World is the most artfully sculpted film in American cinema this year.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
Pretty much a mess--a woozy, sometimes inspired but mostly infuriating piece far more interested in conveying mood than information.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Malick has reimagined the popular American legend as an epic love story set across oceans and civilizations, a clash of nature versus industry in three parts.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Terrence Malick uses their heat and his own sensually overloaded love of landscape photography to make the unpleasant early days of American culture clash into the kind of erotic fantasy that'll never be shown in a classroom.
Dean Essner - E! Online
All in all, it's probably Malick's least satisfying film of the four he has made.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
The famously elusive filmmaker transforms the legendary story of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas into a poetic, ravishingly beautiful meditation on the collision of two cultures in 17th century Virginia.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
The movie is verdantly lush, and full of the most marvelous landscapes and images. But there's something missing here. And it's the people.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Reconceiving Pocahontas and Smith as symbols of the noble savage and the man tragically stunted by civilization's constraints isn't inherently truer than the legend.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
After being terribly miscast and exceedingly uncomfortable as Alexander the Great, Farrell is perfectly at ease with the challenges of John Smith
Susan Michals - FilmStew.com
Malick comes out with a movie about once every ten years, but I think I've had about enough. You can keep him.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Reveries and fever dreams of early America--Malick casts not for dry history but a psychic projection of spirit from beyond the centuries.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Is there a more frustrating living director than Terrence Malick?
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Kilcher is pitch-perfect as the iconic Native-American, and the character's slowly dwindling life essence is one of the most heartbreaking character arcs I've seen this year.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
The New World is more mundane than Malick's previous films, in part because the myth it takes on remains disturbingly intact.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopPolitics.com
It's the most inaccessable film I've seen in a while, but is not without its merits. Emmanuel Lubezki should win a cinematography Oscar, but won't...Brokeback will.
John Venable - Supercala.com
...a 2 1/2 hour film that makes you feel as if you have sat in the theater for the nine known years of Pocahontas's life.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Seeing The New World once was a valuable experience, but despite my full recommendation, I don't have much interest in sitting through it again any time soon.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Alludes not only to the discovery of physical land but also to the very nature of discovery itself.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
If it were any more obtuse, The New World would be a flipbook where the moving picture was obscured by a thumb drawn over the stick figures.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A movie that I can only assume he deliberately set out to make boring, a tedious trial of audience patience.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The New World blows centuries of dust and schoolkid romanticism from the oft-mythologized tale of Pocahontas and the English settlers, relaying old news with an abundantly poetic and visually startling point of view.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
The New World is a movie less interested in expanding the boundaries of narrative cinema than in forsaking them.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
A welcome act of artistic lunacy and a messy masterpiece that deserves a life well beyond the current awards season.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
By the end of The New World all I had were flashbacks to Mystery Science Theater as I hissed at the screen, Tom Servo style, "End! End!"
Devin Faraci - CHUD
One of the best movies of the year.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Sumptuous photography and production design, stunning sound design and period recreation so convincing that it sometimes seems to have replicated an alien world are the added hallmarks of Malick's method.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
The exquisiteness of The New World and how it reveals itself to its audience is flabbergasting...like a heretofore unknown cave painting impeccably preserved except for a few spots here and there eroded by time and nature.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
An unqualified masterwork...[that] feels less like a manipulative man-made construction than like a piece of organically produced art.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
In Malick's hands, Pocahontas' story becomes a metaphoric seduction straight out of Nabokov.
Gabriel Shanks - Modern Fabulousity
Malick joins worlds old and new by combining harsh realities of human nature with mystical, hungry passion.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Features an endearing Native American heroine whose playful spirit and yearning for love takes her on a journey far beyond her wildest imaginings.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
As visionary, poetic, and sumptuously mounted as his previous films, New World may be Malick's most narrative-driven work, one with clear structure, fully fleshed characters, and extremely touching ending.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com