The Tree of Life
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From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This film's rewards are many, for those with the patience to simply let it float."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
""The Tree of Life" is rooted in human nature but ascends to the infinite mystery. It's a dizzying climb with few footholds for the timid or cynical, but the view from above is heavenly."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Go ahead and take away my credibility badge...The film is one of the most emotionally affecting and profound experiences of my life, regardless of how recent it is."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Absurdly over-rated..."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"While it doesn't leave you as breathless as Malick would like, The Tree of Life will stir your soul and make you think. Which is an outcome every moviemaker should aspire to create."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"In this flawed yet masterful, unforgettable movie, Malick argues that even the tiniest mote can have value. He sees miracles everywhere. You just have to make an effort to see them, too."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The result actually plays like a divine pronouncement, cosmic in scope and oracular in tone, a cinematic sermon on the mount that shows its creator in exquisite form. Exquisite but frustrating."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"You'd be hard pressed to find an examination of human existence as profound and spiritual as Terrence Malick's mind-blowing trip through the cosmos."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Malick may have pushed the envelope a bit too far, losing the ability to see the forest for the trees - even in a film as beautiful and surreal as The Tree of Life"
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Less Plato than metaphysical Play-Doh"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The vision is dazzling. The portrayal of family life palpable. The ending ... well, let's go back to the vision."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The lack of story or purpose is annoying and at times, the film is too experimental. Topping things off is an abrupt and unsatisfying ending which doesn't leave us with good feelings towards the film."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"It's fair to say that everyone will get at least something out of this film."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Malik's vision and deeply powerful imagery outlives its welcome after 20 minutes, leaving a film that meanders along trying to impress with concepts and ideas."
‑ Rhett Bartlett, Dial M For Movies
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