The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Terrence Malick's singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, Tree of Life is an emotional as well as visual treat.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

This film's rewards are many, for those with the patience to simply let it float.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Frankly, it may require multiple viewings before someone can definitively arrive at a conclusion.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

Malick's reach exceeds his grasp. But man, that is one hell of a reach.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With breathtaking visuals and an emotionally compelling story, this is a magnificent spectacle that confronts the smallness of mankind with the majesty of the… More
Adriel Lim
A splendidly beautiful poem.
Chris Weber
I'm quite amazed that this film was released in mainstream theaters. That's a pretty interesting commentary on our society right there. I will leave… More
paul sandberg
In "The Tree of Life" Terrance Malick has attempted something thought provoking on the grand scale - the type of film that people talk about, or write… More
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Raymond Wieser
After my first viewing of The Tree of Life, I felt deeply and profoundly moved, and at the same time frustrated and annoyed. Annoyed because I didn't… More