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Reviews: To the Wonder (2013)

to_the_wonderReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Con questo To the wonder Malick sembra rendere ancor più radicale il suo sperimentalismo narrativo, eliminando qualsiasi traccia di racconto tradizionale e anche i dialoghi tra i personaggi, affidandosi interamente alle loro voci, in un continuo alternarsi di ricordi e sensazioni.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: Terence Malick’s newest meditative bauble is a troubled love story (featuring a nearly silent Ben Affleck) seen through a glass darkly; his inability to achieve a customary grandeur makes it comes across as less masterly than foolish.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A bold and ground-breaking film by Terrence Malick that is a mystical meditation on the many manifestations of the spiritual practices of yearning and love.
  • [New – 12/20/13] | Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation
  • Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com
    • Excerpt: Review of Terrence Malick’s latest.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: although Malick’s signature filmmaking style is as lovely as ever, “To the Wonder” isn’t very involving. Affleck’s never looked more uncomfortable on screen…
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Considering that his last three films were an elliptical war epic, a retelling of one of the founding stories of America and a millennia-spanning chronicle of the warring halves of the human soul, it’s hard not to view Terrence Malick’s latest film (his sixth in a career moving comfortably into its fifth decade) as a little slight be comparison. After all, how can the problems of two people amount to more than a hill of beans when placed against the stunning grandeur of the infinite?
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Si esto es arte, los anuncios de perfume también lo son.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: We always suspect that Malick’s screenplays are littered with capital-letter concepts … and this film is no exception.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online
  • A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice
    • Excerpt: For a film so based in emotions, it really doesn’t impart any understanding as to what makes its characters tick…
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: To the Wonder is a concluding chapter to Malick’s grand foray through American history, which has already encompassed its birth, its intermediate schism of industry and rural existence, its elevation in WWII to superpower in existential crisis, the false security of the 1950s, and now finally, the present, still stricken through with the same fault lines of its birth.
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: Above all, ‘To the Wonder’ is serious cinema about human existence, which is just plain admirable and distinctive.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?
    • Excerpt: To the Wonder shifts repeatedly from the sublime to the banal, from the sensual to the rigid, from the liberated to the clichéd.
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: For me, since one’s response to Malick’s cinema can only be personal, To The Wonder is a film to cherish and one to watch many, many more times.
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ SouthPhillyReview.com
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Even if Malick’s movies failed to hang together as well as they do, I’d still go just to stare. The visionary director and his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki doggedly pursue beauty.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: A very poetic film that breaks away from the standard narrative, cutting down just enough plot and dialogue so they don’t seem intrusive.
  • Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]
  • Dusty Somers @ Cinema Sentries
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Will get predictable plaudits from many critics, but the fact is that once again, this cinematic emperor arrives very scantily attired.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Gorgeous cinematography almost makes this incomprehensible film worth seeing.
  • Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: It doesn’t feel like Malick has anything to say here, and his camera tells the same tale’
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: To the Wonder is simultaneously the most slippery and straightforward of Malick’s features, for while the director’s rhapsodic approach has never been applied more thickly, it has never felt more appropriate.
Updated: July 18, 2015 — 2:04 pm

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