The New World
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This epic adventure is set amid the encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Settlement in 1607. Inspired by the legend of John Smith and Pocahontas, this story is a sweeping exploration of love, loss and discovery -- both a celebration and an elegy of the America that was... and the America that was yet to come. Against a historically accurate Virginia backdrop, two strong-willed characters -- a passionate and noble young native woman and an ambitious soldier of fortune - are torn between the undeniable requirements of their civic duty and the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

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"These whispered ruminations are beautifully written, but whose voice are we hearing?"
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"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
"Great works, when they next-to-never come, are always accompanied by giggles."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Stop Smiling
"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
"Makes you view the world with virgin eyes again"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The New World isn't Terrence Malick's best, but it's guiding him in the right direction."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"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
"Malick manages to do something I never thought possible, and that's make America seem like a New World to begin with."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"By now the familiar elements have begun to resemble a misguided perfume commercial. Call it Terrence Malick's Obsession."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A rather boring, and often pretentious bit of romance that's neither original nor memorable."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"Through elliptical and seemingly oblique methods, he [Malick] forges moments of staggering emotional power."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Discovery is a sensory experience by nature, and to lightly run one's fingers through someone's hair in The New World is to know them in some fundamental way."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Not Malick's best film, but more than up to his usual high standards, The New World is a powerful and emotional romantic drama, and an essential story in the history of America."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
""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
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