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May. 16, 2011by:

This Monday morning those who attended the Cannes Film Festival finally got to see THE TREE OF LIFE. What did they think of Terrence Malick's magnum opus?

Much of the reviews are either filled with praise or confusion. Many critics often using the word "ambitious" when describing their overall feelings. But the ambition tends to either be forgiving or not-so-forgiving depending upon who you ask. There's also many comparisons to Malick's previous film, THE NEW WORLD.

In addition to posting a few reviews from around the net, The Huffington Post also mentions that the end of the film brought some booing from the audience.

Unfortunately the rest of us don't get to give our own opinions until May 26th when the film opens in limited release. Until then, if you want to check out some of the reviews head here. I also found a neat graphic over at FILMdetail which you can see below.

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12:39PM on 05/17/2011
I just seen it here in Paris and there were a lot of walk outs, a lot of unsatisfied people moving about in their seats and coughing.

That said, I understand why people were agitated, bothered or bored. It's not for everyone, but I think everyone should see it, and finish it. There's something in there for everyone and without saying much the overall feeling and intention of the movie is good. It's broad. Yes. Probably too broad, but then that's part of why this is a special movie.

I just seen it here in Paris and there were a lot of walk outs, a lot of unsatisfied people moving about in their seats and coughing.

That said, I understand why people were agitated, bothered or bored. It's not for everyone, but I think everyone should see it, and finish it. There's something in there for everyone and without saying much the overall feeling and intention of the movie is good. It's broad. Yes. Probably too broad, but then that's part of why this is a special movie.

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12:30PM on 05/17/2011
Isnt this the same flick that got a rousing round of boos and hisses after it premiered and the director did a no show for the press conference leaving Brad Pitt by himself? Sounds like a great flick /sarcasm
Isnt this the same flick that got a rousing round of boos and hisses after it premiered and the director did a no show for the press conference leaving Brad Pitt by himself? Sounds like a great flick /sarcasm
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1:45PM on 05/17/2011
Actually, it was reported that the cheers and clapping were louder than the boos and if you know anything about Malick, he never shows up to press conferences.
Actually, it was reported that the cheers and clapping were louder than the boos and if you know anything about Malick, he never shows up to press conferences.
11:13AM on 05/17/2011

If that's as bad a reviews as it gets...

The positive reviews are glowing, but the negative reviews are not really that condemning. There's worse things than being "pretentious". Although, Malick is a scholar, philosopher, and father, so don't be afraid of saying it might be over your head. Let's not put the scarlet letter on one of the few "auteur" directors that has managed to stay that way in an American studio system that hates visionaries.
The positive reviews are glowing, but the negative reviews are not really that condemning. There's worse things than being "pretentious". Although, Malick is a scholar, philosopher, and father, so don't be afraid of saying it might be over your head. Let's not put the scarlet letter on one of the few "auteur" directors that has managed to stay that way in an American studio system that hates visionaries.
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9:54AM on 05/17/2011
This looks terrible. Pretentious seems to be the right word, based on the trailer.
This looks terrible. Pretentious seems to be the right word, based on the trailer.
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3:20AM on 05/17/2011
yeah, well I agree that Malicks movies are pretentious.
yeah, well I agree that Malicks movies are pretentious.
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1:20AM on 05/17/2011
Funny how the negatives are from publications Ive never even heard of,kind of like bad movies commercials with the critic's quotes
Funny how the negatives are from publications Ive never even heard of,kind of like bad movies commercials with the critic's quotes
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11:59PM on 05/16/2011
I love how the "mixed" reviews are from people like Guy Lodge of In Contention. Go F yourself Guy. There are some great reviews already up on Rottentomatoes. I can't wait to see this movie.
I love how the "mixed" reviews are from people like Guy Lodge of In Contention. Go F yourself Guy. There are some great reviews already up on Rottentomatoes. I can't wait to see this movie.
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11:15PM on 05/16/2011

Well, ya know...

The last movie I remember reading about getting boos from the Cannes audience was Marie Antionette, and I actually thought that movie was pretty good and nowhere near as atrocious as it was made out to sound. I'll just put it out there that critics at Cannes are douches. I mean, booing a movie? No matter how bad it is, that is extremely rude and unprofessional.
The last movie I remember reading about getting boos from the Cannes audience was Marie Antionette, and I actually thought that movie was pretty good and nowhere near as atrocious as it was made out to sound. I'll just put it out there that critics at Cannes are douches. I mean, booing a movie? No matter how bad it is, that is extremely rude and unprofessional.
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1:22AM on 05/17/2011
Europeans boo everything. It's the only expression they know.
Europeans boo everything. It's the only expression they know.
11:18AM on 05/17/2011
They also notoriously booed Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" and Gaspar Noe's "Irreversible". Both are daring and push the limits, but far from Malick's work, I assume.
They also notoriously booed Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" and Gaspar Noe's "Irreversible". Both are daring and push the limits, but far from Malick's work, I assume.
12:32PM on 05/17/2011
Cannes is a special place for that. In the average cinema in France/Europe you're not going to get Boo's. A movie may get a small applause at the end, but that's it.
Cannes is a special place for that. In the average cinema in France/Europe you're not going to get Boo's. A movie may get a small applause at the end, but that's it.
9:54PM on 05/16/2011
Proof that Hollywood loves to pat it's own back.
Proof that Hollywood loves to pat it's own back.
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8:41PM on 05/16/2011
Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life' Gets Boos, Applause; Director Absent

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Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life' Gets Boos, Applause; Director Absent

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