The Tree of Life Reviews

  • The Tree of Life is both luminously precise ... and maddeningly without form and void.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • With disarming sincerity and daunting formal sophistication "The Tree of Life" ponders some of the hardest and most persistent questions, the kind that leave adults speechless when children ask them.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Some will dismiss its overarching themes and elliptical visuals as pretentious. Others might question its quasi-biblical images. But the artistry in every frame is undeniable.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Both good and bad, great and fatally flawed, transporting and disappointingly literal.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • This movie weighs so much, yet contains so little. It's all vault and little coin.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Better than a masterpiece -- whatever that is -- The Tree of Life is an eruption of a movie, something to live with, think, and talk about afterward.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • "The Tree of Life" is long, often redundant and certainly on its own wavelength. But movies so rarely provoke serious consideration and debate.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Daring in concept, occasionally daffy in execution and ultimately unforgettable, Mr. Malick's film offers a heartfelt answer to the question of where we humans belong- with each other, on this planet, bound by love.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • What a transcendent achievement.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ...it's the most bold and unconventional and visionary picture made using the apparatus of big-studio pictures since Kubrick's [2001].

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Amid one's exasperation, there is no mistaking Malick's unfailing ability to grab at glories on the fly.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • What Malick does in "Tree of Life" is create the span of lives. Of birth, childhood, the flush of triumph, the anger of belittlement, the poison of resentment, the warmth of forgiving.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I've seen it twice now, and though this childhood was not my childhood, and my spiritual yearnings are not Malick's, "The Tree of Life" already has come to mean a great deal to me.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • [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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's a flawed but impressive experiment, the sort of shoot-the-moon gamble that cinema can't do without.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The vision is dazzling. The portrayal of family life palpable. The ending ... well, let's go back to the vision.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Beautiful, baffling, poetic, pretentious, it's one big ball of moviedom.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • [Malick is] a meticulous visionary who knows where to place a camera, but he hasn't a clue about how to tell a story with simplicity and coherence.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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