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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Days of Heaven is a visual poem. Slow and elegant, reverential in the way it celebrates the earth's contours and the play of light. [27 Oct. 1999, p.B3] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Above all one of the most beautiful films ever made. Malick's purpose is not to tell a story of melodrama, but one of loss. His tone is elegiac. He evokes the loneliness and beauty of the limitless Texas prairie. [7 Dec. 1997] show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Days of Heaven is the grand climax of the whole "Bonnie and Clyde"-"Badlands" tradition of outlaw-lovers-on-the-run movies. Shot by Nestor Almendros and the uncredited Haskell Wexler, it's a cinematographic masterpiece. [20 March 1998] show more

  • 100
    TV Guide

    Director Malick endows this simple, timeless story with the enormous scope and resonance of myth through a clear vision unclouded by sentimentality and by a deft juxtaposition of image, music, and character. show more

  • 100
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    To hell with equivocation or beating around the bush: Terrence Malick's 1978 Days of Heaven is the greatest film ever made. And let the word film be emphasized, since Malick's sophomore masterpiece earns this exalted designation from its position as a work of pure cinema. [22 Oct. 2007] show more

  • 88
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Days of Heaven is so unapologetically beautiful, so calculatingly gorgeous, it is certain to arouse resentment in the minds of those who find visual hedonism a sin in movies, and to arouse suspicion, if not outrage, in those who require that movies have heart. [22 Sept. 1978] show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The film has too much surface beauty not to earn it a recommendation, but Days of Heaven satisfies only on a sensory level. show more

  • 100
    Ian Nathan Empire

    Rarely has a film bared itself to simple feels epic yet runs barely over and hour and a half. [22 Oct. 1997] show more

  • 100
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    The film, with its transcendentally beautiful a rich and rewarding experience. [1 Sept. 2011] show more

  • 100
    Matthew Leyland Total Film

    Largely lensed in the window between sunset and nightfall, it’s a magic-hour masterpiece. [26 Aug. 2011] show more

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