The New World
The New World (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 13, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite arresting visuals and strong lead performances, The New World suffers from an unfocused narrative that will challenge viewers' attention spans over its 2 1/2 hours.

David Ansen

These whispered ruminations are beautifully written, but whose voice are we hearing?

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Any ambience created in tandem by Lubezki and Malick repeatedly dissipates in the face of the plodding treatment of fascinating material.

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Dana Stevens

The New World isn't Terrence Malick's best, but it's guiding him in the right direction.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Witney Seibold

The filmmakers are very wise to make this New World, and the people in it, seem untouched, immediate, and present. There may be a small amount of cultural foreboding, but it is heard distantly, like an echo of lamentation.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Through elliptical and seemingly oblique methods, he [Malick] forges moments of staggering emotional power.

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Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling

Great works, when they next-to-never come, are always accompanied by giggles.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A beautiful poem to Western civilization's arrival on American shores told through the by now familiar romance of John Smith and Pocahontas. Malick's… More
Ross Collins
Terrence Malick has a knack of filming the human experience as if it were a nature documentary, and a very long one at that! Still the story of Pocahontas is an… More
Chris Weber
I enjoyed this movie, but I suspect I'll probably enjoy it with a second or third viewing. Also, maybe if I plan to watch it (instead of turning it on… More
Steven Carrier
I guess even Terrance Malick is allowed to screw up every once and a while. Now, I have loved his three pervious pictures, "Badlands," "Days of… More
Dan Schultz
A gorgeous, heavily emotional film from the brilliant Terrence Malick concerning the dawn of the exploration of America, and how John Smith (Colin Farrell)… More
Conner Rainwater
Without a doubt, this is this is the greatest representation of the Pocahontas and John Smith story. Not only is it visually beautiful beyond belief, but it… More