The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

1950s-set drama from filmmaking master Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line), starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Winner of the Palme d'Or (Best Film) at Cannes Film Festival 2011.

An impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s, the film follows the life of eldest son, Jack (Penn, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Pitt) while questioning the existence of faith. "Malick draws a picture of family life as archetypal as a child’s questions about God, and connects it all to rapturous visions of the origins of the universe and the end of time." (NZ International Film Festival 2011)

Winner of the Palme d'Or (Best Film) at Cannes Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: M, contains adult themes139 minsUSA
Drama
Director:
Terrence Malick ('The New World', 'The Thin Red Line', 'Days of Heaven', 'Badlands')
Writer:
Terrence Malick
Cast:
Brad PittSean PennFiona ShawJoanna GoingJessica ChastainKari Matchett
26%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Result is pure-grade art cinema destined primarily for the delectation of Malick partisans and adventurous arthouse-goers.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Terrence Malick’s spiritual odyssey is baffling, unique and overspilling with wonder.

5.0
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It’s impossible not to marvel at the ambition of The Tree of Life.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

With disarming sincerity and daunting formal sophistication The Tree of Life ponders some of the hardest and most persistent questions, the kind that leave adults speechless when children ask them.

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

It is clear there are religious themes and while watching this film we are supposed to ponder the big questions, like what is the meaning of life?

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The only other film I've seen with this boldness of vision is Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," and it lacked Malick's fierce evocation of human feeling.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

While Malick's great ability holds us for a time, it is finally not enough to compensate for a lack of dramatic involvement - those eschatological quandaries tend to overwhelm the story. The Tree of Life, its enormous advantages notwithstanding, ends up a film that demands to be admired but cannot be easily embraced.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A beauteous creation that ponders the imponderables, asks the questions that religious and thoughtful people have posed for millennia and provokes expansive philosophical musings along with intense personal introspection.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

There is simply nothing like it out there: profound, idiosyncratic, complex, sincere and magical; a confirmation that cinema can aspire to art.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

In terms of scale, The Tree Of Life recalls the mammoth ambition of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," but it's also more intimate and personal than Malick's previous films, rooted in vivid memories of growing up in '50s Texas.

0

Truly a work of art.

5.0
0

If you have read a few reviews of this film you would have guessed you'd either love or hate it, either way you'll have a strong reaction. I just had a look at FLICKS viewers reviews, and find it amusing that all the bad reviews are from people who don't or hardly ever review films, and the good ones are from obvious movie fanatics with numerous reviews...

5.0
0

If you surrender to 'Tree of Life' as a slow, meandering, meditation on, well, life, then you're in for a visual, audio and cerebal treat. Like Terrence Malick's 'The Thin Red Line' though - if you go in expecting a traditional linear narrative or Hollywood's standard big screen fare - you're gonna find this pretentious and dull. For me? It's...

5.0
0

A visual gem. Not much dialogue but story is so told with pictures. I'll remember this for a long time

5.0
0

I'm not sure if I liked this Movie or not! The story line seemed to be non-existent with you feeling either completely bored or amazed (by the cinematography). It's worth a watch if you have a spare 3 hours :)

3.0
0

I wish I could write as eloquently as others above, but all the same - here goes. . . . Whilst this was visually stunning, I found the flashing forward / flashing backward frustrating. I also have to admit that I was confused about what was going on, and what I was supposed to be referencing. The "story" kicks off about 1 hour in and as I tend to...

3.0
0

Astonishing in its visuals and soundscape, this movie just screams arthouse. That doesn't necessarily make a masterpiece, but I think in this instance a great film has come out of it. Its ambitious in its scope (hey not many folk would stick a 20 minute visual segment about the origins of earth in the middle of a story about family and love. Lots of reviews...

4.0
0

Found this slow and boring. maybe others would enjoy it more

2.0
0

Watched this movie for about an hour but it didn't seem to make much sense and my wife said this is depressing and we decided to leave as it was the worst movie I have ever seen in the last 20 years.

0

Did I even like it? I'm not sure, it's a movie which is going to toss back and forth in my mind for a long time. Without doubt it's a very challenging movie, and one which seemed to divide the full house in half, there were quite a few murmurs in the audience and much restlessness. Me, I didn't feel that way. Certainly it's not the easiest movie to...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Result is pure-grade art cinema destined primarily for the delectation of Malick partisans and adventurous arthouse-goers.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Terrence Malick’s spiritual odyssey is baffling, unique and overspilling with wonder.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It’s impossible not to marvel at the ambition of The Tree of Life.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

With disarming sincerity and daunting formal sophistication The Tree of Life ponders some of the hardest and most persistent questions, the kind that leave adults speechless when children ask them.

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

It is clear there are religious themes and while watching this film we are supposed to ponder the big questions, like what is the meaning of life?

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The only other film I've seen with this boldness of vision is Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," and it lacked Malick's fierce evocation of human feeling.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

While Malick's great ability holds us for a time, it is finally not enough to compensate for a lack of dramatic involvement - those eschatological quandaries tend to overwhelm the story. The Tree of Life, its enormous advantages notwithstanding, ends up a film that demands to be admired but cannot be easily embraced.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A beauteous creation that ponders the imponderables, asks the questions that religious and thoughtful people have posed for millennia and provokes expansive philosophical musings along with intense personal introspection.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

There is simply nothing like it out there: profound, idiosyncratic, complex, sincere and magical; a confirmation that cinema can aspire to art.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

In terms of scale, The Tree Of Life recalls the mammoth ambition of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," but it's also more intimate and personal than Malick's previous films, rooted in vivid memories of growing up in '50s Texas.

0

Truly a work of art.

5.0
0

If you have read a few reviews of this film you would have guessed you'd either love or hate it, either way you'll have a strong reaction. I just had a look at FLICKS viewers reviews, and find it amusing that all the bad reviews are from people who don't or hardly ever review films, and the good ones are from obvious movie fanatics with numerous reviews...

5.0
0

If you surrender to 'Tree of Life' as a slow, meandering, meditation on, well, life, then you're in for a visual, audio and cerebal treat. Like Terrence Malick's 'The Thin Red Line' though - if you go in expecting a traditional linear narrative or Hollywood's standard big screen fare - you're gonna find this pretentious and dull. For me? It's...

5.0
0

A visual gem. Not much dialogue but story is so told with pictures. I'll remember this for a long time

5.0
0

I'm not sure if I liked this Movie or not! The story line seemed to be non-existent with you feeling either completely bored or amazed (by the cinematography). It's worth a watch if you have a spare 3 hours :)

3.0
0

I wish I could write as eloquently as others above, but all the same - here goes. . . . Whilst this was visually stunning, I found the flashing forward / flashing backward frustrating. I also have to admit that I was confused about what was going on, and what I was supposed to be referencing. The "story" kicks off about 1 hour in and as I tend...

3.0
0

Astonishing in its visuals and soundscape, this movie just screams arthouse. That doesn't necessarily make a masterpiece, but I think in this instance a great film has come out of it. Its ambitious in its scope (hey not many folk would stick a 20 minute visual segment about the origins of earth in the middle of a story about family and love. Lots of...

4.0
0

Found this slow and boring. maybe others would enjoy it more

2.0
0

Watched this movie for about an hour but it didn't seem to make much sense and my wife said this is depressing and we decided to leave as it was the worst movie I have ever seen in the last 20 years.

0

Did I even like it? I'm not sure, it's a movie which is going to toss back and forth in my mind for a long time. Without doubt it's a very challenging movie, and one which seemed to divide the full house in half, there were quite a few murmurs in the audience and much restlessness. Me, I didn't feel that way. Certainly it's not the easiest movie to...

3.0
0