The New World
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Terrence Malick, the universally acclaimed American filmmaker responsible for the key 1970s features Badlands and Days of Heaven, returns for a rare directorial outing with the sweeping period piece The New World -- an epic dramatization of Pocahontas' relationships with John Smith and John Rolfe. Malick's story opens at the dawn of the 17th century, just prior to the colonization of the United States -- when the North American population consisted of an interconnected series of native tribes. In April 1607, three maritime vessels approach the unfamiliar continent, with 103 sailors on… 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
"By now the familiar elements have begun to resemble a misguided perfume commercial. Call it Terrence Malick's Obsession."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
""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,
"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
"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,
"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 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
"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 romance of the three humans is secondary to the romance of the New World itself and all it symbolizes."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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