Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
Watch On
  1. 60
    Malick dangles his maddeningly innocent ideas about life and death and man's gift for self-destruction.
  2. 50
    The Thin Red Line, either by incompetence or willful perversity, dispenses with plot, characterization, dramatic structure and emotional payoffs in favor of the sort of painstakingly composed pictorial diddling that invariably gets critics frothing about the director's "indelible" images.
  3. But it is precisely with these contrapuntal strands of huge, timeless nature, of the complexity of every human mind, that Malick bloats his film into banality. [Jan. 25, 1999]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 196 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 77
  2. Negative: 12 out of 77
  1. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    I have seen all of Malick's films and have found them average and overated. However the thin red line stands alone. Malick captures humanI have seen all of Malick's films and have found them average and overated. However the thin red line stands alone. Malick captures human nature beautfully through war with intesnse and masterfully crafted war scenes. Malick's style has never worked so well in a film! One of the best movies of all time! Full Review »
  2. Dec 30, 2011
    7
    The Thin Red Line is up there with the greatest WWII movies of all time. It has incredible visuals that blow you away, and realistic warThe Thin Red Line is up there with the greatest WWII movies of all time. It has incredible visuals that blow you away, and realistic war "gameplay." The Thin Red Line also offers the strangest insights into life lessons, mostly spoken by Witt. Ferociously suspenseful, The Thin Red Line is Terrence Mallick's masterpiece, and was a high contender at the 1999 Oscars. Full Review »
  3. Dec 16, 2012
    9
    For me The Thin Red Line is one of the best war movies every created. It is a meditation on life, death, God, nature and humankind...aFor me The Thin Red Line is one of the best war movies every created. It is a meditation on life, death, God, nature and humankind...a meditation on life. My favourite movie from Terrence Malick. Full Review »