The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line (1998)

The return of director Terrence Malick to feature filmmaking after a twenty year sabbatical, this World War II drama is an elegiac rumination on man's destruction of nature and himself, based on James Jones' semi-autobiographical… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Thin Red Line is a daringly philosophical World War II film with an enormous cast of eager stars.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's a genuinely epic ciné-poem that essentially sidesteps history, politics and conventional ethics to deal with war as an absolute, inevitable and eternal facet of existence.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

A complex, highly talented work marked by intellectual and philosophical ambitions!

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In the midst of life we may be in death, but the opposite is true as well.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

At two hours and 45 minutes, The Thin Red Line gives ample evidence of suffering all manner of cuts, if not having been simply hacked into its final shape. But this violence only adds to the movie's brave, strange, eroded nobility.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

One of the most harrowing of anti-war statements, and the most beautiful too.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Though it is not only a great war film, perhaps not even primarily a great war film, it is assuredly a great war film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Fascinating!

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Lyrical, meditative and original, Malick's WWII film is one of the best war films ever made.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...so gorgeous it feels as if it's being seen through heavenly eyes - at least until fresh hell rips across the screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Twenty years after making Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick emerged from hiding to write and helm this star-studded ensemble drama centered around the Battle of… More
Raymond Wieser
Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line is a complex, intense, intimate, humbling, moving, and powerful portrayal of war and the moral chaos of war. Although… More
Apeneck Fletcher
The WWll Battle of Guadalcanal is merely a backdrop for a look at the nature of men at a time when true nature purportedly reveals itself. Elegantly sublime… More
Jim Careter
The Thin Red Line was the first masterpiece that Terrence Malick had created, and to this day i wish I could discover what was going through this incredible… More
paul sandberg
somehow this surrealistic rumination on nature (both phyical and psychological)manages to become the most real of war films. All of the grass level filming,… More
Alex roy
Considering that this is a war film set during the Second World War, you'd think that The Thin Red Line would be a sweeping epic with grand battles and… More

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