The Tree of Life

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  138 min.
Release Date: June 10, 2011 (limited)
DVD: October 11, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 2.75
based on 260 votes and 72 reviews
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Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Joanna Going, Fiona Shaw, Kari Matchett, Tye Sheridan


The impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s, chronicling the journey of the eldest son, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years—trying to reconcile the complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

Director: Terrence Malick
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Grant Hill, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt
Screenplay: Terrence Malick
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  • 1 star "What a bunch of nonsense."
  • 5 stars "spiritual, my way or god's way theme extremely thought-provoking"
  • 5 stars "a masterpiece. malick is up there with the greats like dreyer and tarkovsky. as for the reviewers who trashed it because it didn't make sense or there wasn't enough nudity (!), what can you say - that's what years of mindless tv junk does to your head."