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PG-13| 2 hr. 18 min.

Plot Summary
In this highly philosophical film by acclaimed director Terrence Malick, young Jack (Hunter McCracken) is one of three brothers growing up as part of the O'Brien family in small-town Texas. Jack has a contentious relationship with his father (Brad Pitt), but gets along well with his beautiful mother (Jessica Chastain). As an adult, Jack (Sean Penn) struggles with his past and tries to make sense of his childhood, while also grappling with bigger existential issues.

Cast: Brad Pitt , Sean Penn , Jessica Chastain , Fiona Shaw , Irene Bedard , Jessica Fuselier , Hunter McCracken , Laramie Eppler

Director: Terrence Malick

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

The Tree of Life (2011)

Release Date: May 27th, 2011|2 hr. 18 min.

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fan reviews ( 181 )
  • Like its predecessors (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The New World), Tree delivers truths that don't go down easy. No one with a genuine interest in the potential of film would think of missing it. show more

  • At times trying and perplexing, but it also contains some of the most psychologically insightful and ecstatic filmmaking imaginable. show more

  • A shape-shifting film, it resembles a poem. At other moments, it is closer to a symphony. Most often, it approximates a fervent prayer. show more

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  • December 19, 2012 Kathy
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    0 Stars--Turned it off after ten minutes.

  • December 15, 2012 gregoou812
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    Bad Bad Bad

  • September 01, 2012 ldavy7788
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    Truly bizarre! I read thhe precis which tells me the plot! But I sure didn\'t see all that in the movie! Academt Award nominee?? You\'ve GOT to be kidding! Yes, beautiful cinematograpghy! But best picture????? NO!!!!!! No acting at all, 2 shots of Sean Penn with no dialogue, and very, very little dialogue throughout the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wierd, wierd! This did not evoke anything in me except wonder - wondering why the heck it was made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! zero starts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What Is 'The Tree Of Life'? Oscar Nominees 2012 Guide

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Moviefone Staff on Feb 14th, 2012 4:11PM

"The Tree of Life" Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography What's It About: Considering one of the film's stars had no clue what was going on, this may be tough. "The...

Gotham Award Winners 2011: 'Tree of Life,' 'Beginners' Tie for Best Feature

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Christopher Rosen on Nov 28th, 2011 11:50PM

And you thought the New York Film Critics Circle was the unofficial official kick-off of awards season. On Monday night in New York, the Gotham Independent Film Awards were handed out for the 21st...

New on DVD & Blu-ray, Week of October 11: 'Green Lantern,' 'The Tree of Life' and 'Horrible Bosses'

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Harley W. Lond on Oct 11th, 2011 7:00AM

It's another banner week for home video releases, with a plethora of choices that run the gamut from the ridiculous to the sublime: There's the meaningful tale of 'The Tree of Life' set off...

Sean Penn Didn't Get 'The Tree of Life' Either

Posted by
Aiden Redmond on Aug 22nd, 2011 9:15AM

If there's one movie this year that we are just sick and tired of talking about, it's 'The Tree of Life' by a mile. While we're more or less convinced that it constitutes a stunning achievement of...

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