Knight of Cups

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  • Summary: Knight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicatedKnight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Isabel Lucas), who helps him see a way forward. Rick moves in a daze through a strange and overwhelming dreamscape -- but can he wake up to the beauty, humanity and rhythms of life around him? The deeper he searches, the more the journey becomes his destination. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 10, 2016
    100
    Usually, with movies, you can imagine how they were made — how the idea came, and the process of its creation. But Knight of Cups seems as if it arrived whole. If there’s a better film this year, get ready for a very good year.
  2. Reviewed by: Carson Lund
    Feb 29, 2016
    75
    It has the uncanny quality of an out-of-body experience, not a torn-from-the-heart confessional.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 8, 2015
    70
    Those who have had their fill of the director’s impressionistic musings will find his seventh feature as empty as the lifestyle it puts on display; for the rest of us, there’s no denying this star-studded, never-a-dull-moment cinematic oddity represents another flawed but fascinating reframing of man’s place in the modern world.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 4, 2016
    50
    Knight of Cups isn’t quite as fancy-flimsy as “To the Wonder,” which, as I remember it, consisted mostly of Ben Affleck gazing dazedly at wave formations, but it’s close enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 10, 2016
    50
    I'm all for directors making audiences think, but ultimately, those thoughts need to lead us somewhere. "To the Wonder" didn't, to my mind. I'm not sure Knight of Cups does, either.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin P. Sullivan
    Mar 2, 2016
    42
    Essentially shapeless and paced like the tide rolling in, Knight of Cups should be reserved for hardcore Malick fans only, those who have the patience to metaphorically wade through the literal wading, which there happens to be a lot of in this movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 3, 2016
    0
    With the corpse of a nightmare called Knight of Cups, I have finally given up on Terrence Malick. This dog of a film is as riveting and fascinating as a walk-in bathtub.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. Apr 16, 2016
    10
    This movie is full of the "Being" experience, and it tries to observe things as they are!
    Full of philosophical and psychological background,
    This movie is full of the "Being" experience, and it tries to observe things as they are!
    Full of philosophical and psychological background, I like how women affect the Rick's perception of himself as a man, and how they guide him step by step to know himself better.
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  2. Mar 13, 2016
    8
    the trailer pretty much sums it up with this film, so if you liked that i would suggest go seeing it. otherwise you might be disappointed likethe trailer pretty much sums it up with this film, so if you liked that i would suggest go seeing it. otherwise you might be disappointed like some people at my screening. Expand
  3. May 30, 2016
    6
    Why cant proper critics, be proper critics anymore?. I mean, every hate review is basically a "i'm-not-getting-what-i-want-from-this-movie"Why cant proper critics, be proper critics anymore?. I mean, every hate review is basically a "i'm-not-getting-what-i-want-from-this-movie" rant, failing to say what's actually wrong with the film itself. If you need narrative, read a novel or a chronicle. Film is primarily a visual medium. There are many examples of (seemingly) plotless films that are considered masterpieces like 2001, 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, Last Yeat at Marienbad, and a bunch more. Personally, I'm glad that films like Knight of Cups are being produced, after all, narrative films are being produced in the hundreds a year and most of the them are dull as hell.
    The film is about an existential crisis, about everything that surrounds the character, and it's repetitive because LIFE is repetitive, it's shallow because the way of life of the character (and most people) is shallow. Ever felt that there's always something missing in your life? Well, this film is about that and more.
    Everybody will have this sort of existential crisis weather it is when your facing death or when you're 30 or 50, so in that aspect this film is universal and important IMO.
    Oh, last but not least, this film is definitely not as intellectual as it seems to be. Viewers just need an open mind to feel it and understand it.?

    This is simply Malick being Malick, what do you expect- you're either on his wavelength or you're not.
    Love it or hate it
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  4. Mar 20, 2016
    4
    The Jewish Mother reviews "Knight of Cups"

    Oy, such a sad long story.. A nice man has too much money & time on his hands--gets involved
    The Jewish Mother reviews "Knight of Cups"

    Oy, such a sad long story..
    A nice man has too much money & time on his hands--gets involved with a bunch of goyishe women...
    This man wouldn't know of commitment if it bit him in the tuische!
    Oy, even Natalie Portman, the jewish gal whose married no less, gets involved with this lost soul of a no goodnik;
    She ends up crying, probably an abortion, a real shonda, gevalt.

    Swimming pools, beaches everywhere, beautiful skinny models, beautiful clothing, desrts, cactus. Oy.
    The movie is an hour too long,yeh, yeh, beautiful scenery, coulda been just one long perfume commercial .

    And you can't understand a word; that's called art!?
    A person can't make out a whole sentence mumbled under his breathe.
    Gevalt.. He has all his fancy friends in the movie for one minute apiece. What's a matter?
    Is dis a real movie or a home movie mascarading as a big deal?
    Nu, another big mess, passing as a big deal.
    Good for a housewife while she does he housework--if you miss a few minutes no big loss.

    This guy Malick has too much money or too many rich friends in high places.
    Probably a nice man, he should get a real job & stop making so-called Art filmz.

    He needs a yiddishe cup & not a Knight of Cups. I paid $8.50 for this? At least I got my senior discount!

    (Oy, Mickie Lasalle--our local reviewer-SF Chronicle--he needs psychotherapy & a few jewish friends ...)
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  5. Mar 7, 2016
    3
    Put Terrence Malick together with Chivo--you having yourself a visually stunning film. There's no question there. However, film is often timesPut Terrence Malick together with Chivo--you having yourself a visually stunning film. There's no question there. However, film is often times much more than a visual experience. With little plot addressed, you'll find yourself entering an all-too-interpretive world. You're bound to be lost - and it isn't worth it for Malick's weakest film to date. Expand
  6. Mar 7, 2016
    1
    Terrence Malick is more in need of a writer, an editor, and a boss to tell him "umm no" than any other filmmaker in history. Someone hasn'tTerrence Malick is more in need of a writer, an editor, and a boss to tell him "umm no" than any other filmmaker in history. Someone hasn't went off the rails like this since George Lucas gave us those awful Star Wars prequels. Expand
  7. Mar 22, 2016
    0
    One of the all-time worst films! Some of the cinematography was okay, but this turgid MESS with no story or commendable acting added to LOUSYOne of the all-time worst films! Some of the cinematography was okay, but this turgid MESS with no story or commendable acting added to LOUSY direction ... spare the audience! They were walking out after twenty minutes! Expand

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