• The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life

Release Date: May 27th, 2011

DVD Release Date: October 11th, 2011

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

Production Co: Cottonwood Pictures

Keywords: Son, Growing up, Brooding, Father, Small town, Emotional, Mother, Family, Brother, 1960s, 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Brandishing an ambition it's likely no film, including this one, could entirely fulfill, The Tree of Life is nonetheless a singular work, an impressionistic metaphysical inquiry into mankind's place in the grand scheme of things that releases waves of insights amid its narrative imprecisions. show more

  • 60
    Lee MarshallScreen International

    A cinematic symphony more than a classic narrative film, Terrence Malick’s long-awaited The Tree Of Life has moments of breathtaking visual and aural beauty, but in the end it has us longing for the days of Badlands, Days Of Heaven or The Thin Red Line, when the Texan auteur also knew how to spin a good yarn. show more

  • 65
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    The Tree of Life is gorgeous to look at. It's also a gargantuan work of pretension and cleverly concealed self-absorption masquerading as spiritual exploration. show more

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