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8,232 Ratings

The Tree of Life

Directed by Terrence Malick
United States, 2011
Adventure, Fantasy


The life journey of the eldest son of a Midwestern family. From the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years where he struggles to make sense of the past. In a quest for meaning he questions the origins of life and the existence of faith.

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The Tree of Life Directed by Terrence Malick

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2011 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

2012 | 3 nominations including: Best Achievement in Directing

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2011 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Film of the Year

Village Voice Film Poll

2011 | 2 wins including: Best Film

2011 | 3 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Tree of Life

    Midwestern American spirituality. The grand prize at Cannes? I think those judges did it just to irritate Lars von Trier, whose competing film was so much better, but they didn't like his hitler jokes at a press conference. Give the guy a break, he's a brilliant wacko. Malick is a hayseed.

  • εξώτερο Διάστημα's rating of the film The Tree of Life

    for all the love i have for national geographic and nasa photography, i don't think that is enough to make a good film. for the fans of those two, and, additionally,of phillips, kodak, dove, orange, etc. commercials aficionados, this is a must. plus, i remember paternal rigidity translating in special addressing formulas was deemed"domestic fascism" in other films, but this flic escaped the labeling.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Tree of Life

    I don't think it's striving to make a profound statement, just a personal one. What we have is Malick wandering through scenes of his own childhood. A first person reflection, like Tarkovsky's Mirror , where the loss of his two brothers & his own physical & spiritual disconnection from past & present propels the whole thing. Malick finds a new cinematic language in the combination of sound & image. A miraculous work.

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film The Tree of Life

    Like sitting down to a big, pretty episode of something David Attenborough, but with the family in front of you stage-whispering their middle-class melodrama while you’re trying to watch. Scripting like a grade 8 poetry assignment. Also, random dinosaurs? Tried to get through this with Grace, but my Nature sure rolled its eyes a lot at the self-indulgent brooding & ultra-obvious symbolism. So very much not my thing.

  • Skinnedteen's rating of the film The Tree of Life

    It is a strange film and I guess people expected more plot development given the fact that it is released in mainstream theaters with renowned actors. Perhaps Malick wants us to contemplate and comprehend its visual experience. Personally, it is a visually poetic film. A profound and spiritual examination of human existence.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film The Tree of Life

    Ok, so I have seen this movie like 5 times now. What I admire the most about "The Tree of Life" is its shear ambition. What sort of movie sets up to tell the story of all human life? And succeeds (in my view) in doing so? From the Big Bang to our Death: the cinematography, soundtrack, storyline and actors make this masterpiece something that transcends the limits of storytelling and moviemaking. Malick is legendary!

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Tree of Life

    There are very few contemporary American films I would call "profound" but this is one of them. Malick's reach may exceed his grasp, but he is striving to encapsulate no less than love, life, death, and the universe itself. This is a film you have to let your defenses down for. If you do, it might just make you look at people, animals, and the elements with new eyes after the credits roll.

  • Daniella's rating of the film The Tree of Life

    I loved this film... but... I have the feeling that many people around here who are praising Malick as if he had invented "the wheel" in cinema have not watched Tarkovsky's The Mirror, Solyaris and Ivan's Childhood. Malick has taken Tarkovsky's most iconic images and has made his homage to one of the greatest film makers ever. Give praise where praise is due...

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