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Running Time 138 min
MPAA rating PG-13 (for some thematic material)
Release Date May 27, 2011
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The Tree of Life

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. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. We see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as… Show more

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June 3, 2011 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris/Globe Staff

. . . And on the eighth day, Terrence Malick took over. He, too, created heaven, earth, ocean, and the firmament. The bang was big. It was beautiful. It was abstract, expressionist, and microbial. Great spurts of lava turned kaleidoscopic with rage. Clouds of natural gas billowed up like mastodons. Amniotic corkscrews torpedoed through water. A dinosaur lay felled beside a creek. Bubbles slid along wet earth like prehistoric pucks idling between air-hockey points. Sometimes the soundtrack swelled with Mahler. Sometimes it just swelled with silence. Occasionally, the swelling was ponderous. “Brother. Mother,’’ someone whispered, “It was they who led me to Your door.’’

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Jul 04, 2011 - gymgoddess22 on The Tree of Life
Half the theater left

Although beautiful cinematography, the loose flow of images with mimimal action and dialogue created a sluggish and lack lustre movie. Half the theater left by mid-way. Just couldn't sit any longer to see if it lived up to some of the stellar recommendations and reviews.

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