A boy witnesses the loss of innocence.
" The vision is dazzling. The portrayal of family life palpable. The ending ... well, let's go back to the vision. "
" "The Tree of Life" is at times trying and perplexing, but it also contains some of the most psychologically insightful and ecstatic filmmaking imaginable. "
" An audacious visual poet known for gently probing life's big questions, Malick has gone to the source of it all. He's gifted enough to bring out the spiritual dimensions of astrophysics. "
" Beautiful, baffling, poetic, pretentious, it's one big ball of moviedom. "
" I've seen it twice now, and though this childhood was not my childhood, and my spiritual yearnings are not Malick's, "The Tree of Life" already has come to mean a great deal to me. "
" 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. "
" The Tree of Life is astonishing in some spots, almost incoherent in others and if it doesn't frustrate you at least some of the time ... you're not paying attention. "
" This movie weighs so much, yet contains so little. It's all vault and little coin. "
" 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. "
" [It] not only aspires to change your life - it tries to explain it, from the first cosmic blip to those busy amoebae splitting and multiplying, to jellyfish jellying through the primal seas, to the planets lined up in a row. "
" A beautiful, messy film: at times lyrical, intimate, and uplifting; at others, vast, inscrutable, and maddening. "
" It's a phenomenal artwork but, for all its solar flares, it's cold to the touch. "
" Both good and bad, great and fatally flawed, transporting and disappointingly literal. "
" Striving for no less than the pinnacle of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Tree of Life falls short of masterful but retains a power that far too many motion pictures lack. "
" It's a flawed but impressive experiment, the sort of shoot-the-moon gamble that cinema can't do without. "
" These audacious sequences can't help but evoke the metaphysical questing of 2001, and in fact The Tree of Life often feels like a religious response to Stanley Kubrick's cold, cerebral view of our place in the universe. Not to be missed. "
" "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. "
" This film's rewards are many, for those with the patience to simply let it float. "
" Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow. "
" What a transcendent achievement. "
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