The Tree of Life


The Tree of Life

Critics 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.



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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 of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life. -- (C) Fox Searchlight


Brad Pitt
as Mr. O'Brien
Jessica Chastain
as Mrs. O'Brien
Hunter McCracken
as Young Jack
Fiona Shaw
as Grandmother
Nicolas Gonda
as Mr. Reynolds
William Wallace
as Architect
Kelly Koonce
as Father Haynes
Cole Cockburn
as Harry Bates
Dustin Allen
as George Walsh
Joanna Going
as Jack's Wife
Irene Bedard
as Messenger
Finnegan Williams
as Jack, 2 years old
Michael Koeth
as Jack, 5 years old
John Howell
as R.L., 2 years old
Savannah Welch
as Mrs. Kimball
Tamara Jolaine
as Mrs. Stone
Tyler Thomas
as Tyler Stone
Michael Showers
as Mr. Brown
Kim Whalen
as Mrs. Brown
Wally Welch
as Clergyman
Hudson Long
as Mr. Bagley
Michael Dixon
as Dusty Walsh
William Hardy
as Jack's Work Colleague
John Cyrier
as Biplane Pilot
Nicholas Yedinak
as Nicholas Swimmer
Claire Oelkers
as Organist Double
Thomas Pavlechko
as Hand Double for Mr. Pitt
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  • Jul 03, 2016
    20 minutes of a family dealing with grief. 120 minutes of shots of leaves and trees and sunlight and waves 2 minutes of dinosaurs
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2016
    A cinematic mistake and mess in every conceivable way, The Tree of Life is only worth watching for it's stunning visuals. Everything else is incoherent, lacks focus, or just feels overly complicated to point of comedy. I understood what the movie was attempting to say and do - it just didn't understand it itself.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2013
    Scathing review to follow once ive thought of how to write it without obscenities.
    Justin F Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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