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      The Tree of Life

      PG-13 Released May 27, 2011 2h 18m Drama List
      85% Tomatometer 298 Reviews 60% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings In this highly philosophical film by acclaimed director Terrence Malick, young Jack (Hunter McCracken) is one of three brothers growing up as part of the O'Brien family in small-town Texas. Jack has a contentious relationship with his father (Brad Pitt), but gets along well with his beautiful mother (Jessica Chastain). As an adult, Jack (Sean Penn) struggles with his past and tries to make sense of his childhood, while also grappling with bigger existential issues. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      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.

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      Adam Nayman The Ringer Malick's earnest pretentiousness surely invites derisive laughter. But it also withstands it, and like the ancient evergreen of its title, it towers benevolently over less ambitious movies... Apr 6, 2020 Full Review Amy Taubin Film Comment Magazine The Tree of Life in no way measured up. Aug 27, 2019 Full Review Deborah Ross The Spectator Ideally, you would bathe in a film like this without striving to decipher it. As it's a film about what we can't get our heads around, we are probably not meant to get our heads round it. But, even so, it is so audacious it will take your breath away. Aug 31, 2018 Full Review Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight There are two distinct films being made here and while the opening frames of The Tree of Life are some of the finest in memory, there’s little in the middle-to-late section of the film worth noting. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 10, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review You may not be able to pinpoint with words how it all comes together, but the beauty and power of Malick’s imagery and impressionistic approach to filmmaking convey another ponderous picture, the director’s most ambitious and lyrical work yet. Rated: 4/4 Jun 7, 2023 Full Review James Croot Stuff.co.nz A film that blossoms into a compelling tale of nature versus nurture, which boasts one of Pitt's finest performances and imagery that will take root in your brain for days afterwards. Rated: 4/5 May 24, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mike B One of if not my favorite film. Hauntingly beautiful somehow with minimal dialogue. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/28/24 Full Review Audience Member Incomprehensible. My wife and daughter and I saw this movie and none of us had any idea what it was about. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 04/08/24 Full Review Jodi Lynne L Very weird. Didn't make sense. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/17/24 Full Review David A So far up its self congratulatory art house direction they forgot to make an interesting film Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/24 Full Review Maddie M Nausea inducing levels of pretentious / cringe inducing drivel. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/24 Full Review Chubi L Rarely has a movie engulfed me in its vertigo of strong emotions bundled with great dose of nostalgia. For a person to expirience full scope of this movie is prefered to be alone, rested and concetrated. A movie that u have to sense, and not necessarily understand. In my eyes, a Masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In this highly philosophical film by acclaimed director Terrence Malick, young Jack (Hunter McCracken) is one of three brothers growing up as part of the O'Brien family in small-town Texas. Jack has a contentious relationship with his father (Brad Pitt), but gets along well with his beautiful mother (Jessica Chastain). As an adult, Jack (Sean Penn) struggles with his past and tries to make sense of his childhood, while also grappling with bigger existential issues.
      Director
      Terrence Malick
      Producer
      Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Grant Hill
      Screenwriter
      Terrence Malick
      Distributor
      Fox Searchlight
      Production Co
      Cottonwood Pictures
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Thematic Material)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 27, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 25, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $13.3M
      Runtime
      2h 18m
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