From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, 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 (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow.Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 06.12.2011
The vision is dazzling. The portrayal of family life palpable. The ending ... well, let's go back to the vision.Tom Long, Detroit News, 06.10.2011
The result actually plays like a divine pronouncement, cosmic in scope and oracular in tone, a cinematic sermon on the mount that shows its creator in exquisite form. Exquisite but frustrating.Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 06.10.2011
The Tree of Life is a cinematic poem of extraordinary scope and ambition.Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy, 06.29.2011