Monday, May 16, 2011

Cannes 2011: The Tree of Life Reviews

While French audiences booed The Tree of Life at its first screenings, early critics reviews did the exact opposite, and so far the reviews for the film are simply stellar, add Midnight in Paris and We Need to Talk About Kevin, and we have a nice slate of early Oscar contenders. Here are some of the reviews:

Justin Chang from Variety:

"Few American filmmakers are as alive to the splendor of the natural world as Terrence Malick, but even by his standards, The Tree of Life represents something extraordinary."

Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter

"Brandishing an ambition it's likely no film, including this one, could entirely fulfill, The Tree of Life is nonetheless a singular work, an impressionistic metaphysical inquiry into mankind's place in the grand scheme of things"

These are just a few of the other mostly great reviews for Terrence Malick's latest. In a week or so, we will start to see a better critical consensus, as well as how the film plays for select American audiences. With its star power, this could be a film that stays in the race all the way to the final ten.

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