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: May 27, 2011
DVD 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.

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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... it's too bad what could have been a beautifully crushing family drama was usurped by a massive amount of unnecessary special effects clouding the real story.

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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.

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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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

I'm not sure The Tree of Life is as bad as The New World, but it's certainly more pretentious.

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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.

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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Malick's film is about life and death in the grandest biblical sense, but it is especially about the latter.

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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