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Based on 38 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki -- a grandmaster at blending color and natural light -- craft a tone poem that may throw some audiences through its use of interior monologues. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A masterpiece. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Pocahontas catching us off-guard with an impromptu cartwheel isn't the knock-you-down brainstorm of Naomi Watts juggling for King Kong, but it's still deliciously inspired. Trouble is, the bit lasts two seconds, while the movie is a long "might have been" that's doomed to be buried in a flurry of strong late-year releases. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    If only the showmanship were equal to the scholarship. As beautiful as the film is (despite notable variations in the quality of the cinematography), it is also sluggish, underdramatized after that initial suspense, and for the most part emotionally remote. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Not since Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Malick's own "Days of Heaven" has a movie been both so breathtakingly beautiful and so narratively abstract. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    In the end, it's a sweeping, important film that overturns everything you learned in school about the birth of this nation. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    This is resolutely a film of the imagination. As with all films in Malick's slim body of work, its imagery, haunting sounds and pastoral mood trump narrative. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Pocahontas was given the gift of sensing the whole picture, and that is what Malick founds his film on, not tawdry stories of love and adventure. He is a visionary, and this story requires one. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The New World is something I don't think I've ever seen before on a movie screen: an epic lyrical dialectic. Self-indulgent, gorgeous, maddening, grueling, ultimately transcendent, it's a Terrence Malick movie all the way, and possibly the director's most sustained work since 1972's "Badlands." show more

  • 100
    Aaron Hillis Premiere

    Scene for radiant scene, shot for nary a wasted shot, The New World is the most artfully sculpted film in American cinema this year. show more

  • November 04, 2009 Smilebkatya
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    The New World is a captivating movie with many silent features that curve the mind and touch inner feelings. The connection to music and emotion are plentiful and realistic presentation heartfelt. The emotional connection between character and self are strong; strong enough to require constant focus on meaning and intent. Artistic impression and historical recreations are abundant throughout. The movie's focus on the realism of importance of simplistic life is an underlying theme, one that left me thinking long after the film's end.

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