The Top 25 Films from the Last 25 Years – America Magazine

“The Tree of Life” (2011). Terrence Malick’s masterpiece, no stranger to best-of-the-century lists, plunges the viewer into a philosophical exploration of grief, theodicy and the duality of grace and human nature as a mid-century Texas family learns about the death of one of their three sons. The film’s experimental cinematography, replete with gratuitous nature shots, along with its extended special-effects sequence depicting the creation of the universe, cemented Malick’s signature aesthetic as well as his reputation for creating soul-searching films. This Palme d’Or winner earns a special mention on this list for its final beach scene, which we humbly but confidently laud as the greatest film depiction of eschatological bodily resurrection ever.

-America Magazine

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March 27, 2020

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2020/03/27/top-25-films-last-25-years

‘Tree of Life’ tops list of 10 best films of the decade – Chron.com

1. “Tree of Life”: All the mystery and harmony of life, in the memory-tinged detail of a small-town 1950s Texas family but writ across time and the cosmos. Terrence Malick’s radiant 2011 film maps individual existence against eternity, turning an intimate tale epic. It’s got Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain and dinosaurs, and it’s one of the most sublime and soul-stirring movies ever made. — Associated Press film writer Jake Coyle

Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press Updated 3:14 pm CST, Friday, December 27, 2019

https://www.chron.com/sports/outdoors/article/Tree-of-Life-tops-list-of-10-best-films-of-14932526.php

A look at the big pictures – The Weekend Australian

The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011). First and clear. A mind-bending exploration of life from beginning to end. Also a ­reminder that Brad Pitt, who is being lauded for his acting chops in Ad Astra (which is good but not great), has always been a damn fine actor.

A mind-bending exploration of life tops a very personal list of the best films of the past 10 years.

By STEPHEN ROMEI

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/why-the-tree-of-life-is-my-top-movie-of-the-decade/news-story/580e5bbf09a49524b853e22f9c9486d8

Terrence Malick’s 9 Narrative Feature Films, Ranked – The Wrap

2. “The Tree of Life” (2011) The connection between a man’s childhood, his unknowable future and the creation of the universe itself intertwine in Malick’s most mindbogglingly expansive narrative feature. “The Tree of Life” stars Sean Penn, whose memory of his abusive father, played by Brad Pitt, and his angelic mother, played by Jessica Chastain, take the exact form of memory — disjointed at the start of his existence, sometimes inexplicable, and then gradually coalescing into a distinct storyline that’s fascinatingly specific and, simultaneously, completely universal. To watch “The Tree of Life” is to walk inside another human being’s mind, wander through their whole existence, and emerge enlightened.

William Bibbiani | December 17, 2019 @ 1:04 PM

https://www.thewrap.com/terrence-malick-narrative-films-ranked-worst-best/

However improbably, the 2010s became the decade of Terrence Malick – AV Club

When Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life was released to great acclaim back in 2011, new work from the revered Texas filmmaker was still a rare treat. He never made movies at the same pace as his New Hollywood peers in the ’70s, and even with a slight uptick in productivity following the 20-year break between Days Of Heaven in 1978 and The Thin Red Line in 1998, Malick was still averaging approximately one movie per decade. With Tree Of Life, which felt in so many ways like the film Malick had been working toward for nearly 40 years, it seemed as if his entry for the 2010s was simply arriving a little early, perhaps as a career-capping statement. It’s certainly easy enough to picture Malick finishing the movie and then ascending to whatever mystical-looking beach he imagines we reach at the end of our earthly adventures.

https://film.avclub.com/however-improbably-the-2010s-became-the-decade-of-terr-1840136114

Our 100 Favourite Movies of the Decade: 2011 – ThatShelf.com

The period between Terrence Malick’s triumphant return to cinema with 1998’s The Thin Red Line and more recent, less heralded output like Knight of Cups and Song to Song was capped by what is arguably the reclusive filmmaker’s grand opus: 2011’s The Tree of Life.

by  That Shelf Staff  |  December 17, 2019, 10:30 am

The period between Terrence Malick’s triumphant return to cinema with 1998’s The Thin Red Line and more recent, less heralded output like Knight of Cups and Song to Song was capped by what is arguably the reclusive filmmaker’s grand opus: 2011’s The Tree of Life.

The film marked a transition of sorts for Malick. Following this film lay a series of movies that play more as grueling-but-gorgeous formal experiments than coherent narratives (a trend only recently broken with 2019’s A Hidden Life). The Tree of Life stood at a crossroads between his early films and the path he’d soon go down, existing as a distillation of the heady themes and deep quandaries that have echoed throughout his work and his most captivating stylistic tendencies. It’s a film that washes over the viewer, one that is almost certain to move you on a very basic human level if you give it your time and attention. Brad Pitt stars as an archetypal father figure, and he’s joined by Jessica Chastain in a star-making turn as a paragon of motherhood, and Sean Penn as their grown-up son. The film is ostensibly about growing up in suburban 1950s Texas and reflecting back on childhood, but as with most of Malick’s movies the story is undergirded by larger thematic elements, touching upon birth, death, life, the universe and everything in it.

TheTree of Life hits the extraordinary heights it does in large part thanks to Emmanuel Lubezki’s intimate and enthralling cinematography, Alexandre Desplat’s ever present score, and Douglas Trumbull’s stunning visual effects sequences. The only question at this point is: Which version should you watch first? Do you choose Malick’s original 2011 theatrical version (which clocked in at 135 minutes), or the alternate version produced for the 2019 Criterion release (a new edit that comes in at a whopping 188 minutes)? Both versions would almost certainly make the cut as major works from this decade. (WP)

‘The Tree of Life’ tops AP’s best 10 films of the decade – ABC News

1. “Tree of Life”: All the mystery and harmony of life, in the memory-tinged detail of a small-town 1950s Texas family but writ across time and the cosmos. Terrence Malick’s radiant 2011 film maps individual existence against eternity, turning an intimate tale epic. It’s got Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain and dinosaurs and it’s one of the most sublime and soul-stirring movies ever made.
— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle

Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” leads the best films of the decade, according to Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/tree-life-tops-aps-best-10-films-decade-67727609

The Tree of Life by Jody Hewgill

Jody has created many illustrations for prestigious publications including Time, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Magazine and many others. She is the recipient of many awards including American Illustration, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, The Society of Publication Designers, and numerous gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York.

http://jodyhewgill.com/editorials/#itemId=5573541fe4b0a20071d5d4c5

The 100 best movies of the decade, ranked – Insider.com

15. “The Tree of Life” (Director: Terrence Malick, 2011)

It’s not easy to make a movie that has both the scale of a single human lifetime and of the age of the universe. But Terrence Malick has shown us how they can be the same thing. “The Tree of Life” is a roving, gorgeous look at how people grapple with infinity without falling into the traps of narcissism. — Jacob Shamsian

https://www.insider.com/best-films-of-the-decade-2010-2019-11#19-first-reformed-director-paul-schrader-2018-82