Average User Score: 6.9Jun 23, 2012I shall not exert much energy in attempting to convince a skeptical American audience that this little masterpiece is worthy of accolades beyond the mundane it has garnered. But in truth it is such and far beyond. This film walks one of those fine lines that require respect for drama, comedy and original thought. If you anticipate a comedy, it inhabits more than its moments of articulate as well as lower case laughter. If you admire drama, Mr. Carrel and Ms. Knightly combine to alter the consciousness of films such as 'Melancholia' and "Tree of Life'. Only the Ewan McGregor prize "Perfect Sense' comes close to capturing the essence of a humanity in its last breath. This motion picture does it all. Steve Carrel… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Feb 25, 2012Quite simply, one of the 10 best films of the year. Sheen and son provide a needed portrait of a man who seeks to honor his late son and discovers himself in the process.
The religious aspects of this saga glide through the film without preaching. In the end it is about the human need for community. Whatever your beliefs may be, there is deep emotion and education throughout this adventure.
The real life father and son invested in a union that few family members get to share and the reward is a gift to us all. This film never discovered a major audience, but it's elegant desire to reach beyond the self obsessed movie making of this era makes it a vital discovery.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jan 24, 2012This is all I know. 'The worst day' has been portrayed in a multitude of ways on film. 'Extremely Loud' touches a nerve that none of the others on the subject do.
This is a roller coaster ride that moves with an intense grace and profound intellect. This film is smart and grabs the heart with fearless verve.The journey is often uncomfortable, just as it should be.
Young Thomas Horn conducts the concert with nervous passion that is countered by Von Sydows silent vibrancy.
Each is truly brilliant as is the enigmatic screenplay.
Hanks, Bullock, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright keep the ship sailing through uncharted air space.
I am astounded by the many negatives that have been sounded regarding this film.
It is a brave testament that will gain attention due to it's Oscar nomination.
I am no fan of that little statue and the politics it services in the name of art.
But should the program drive people to see films such as this, it provides a valiant artistic service.
In a world of 'Bridesmaids' , thank the Angels of cinema who dare to provide such soul searing observations within a culture that is creeping toward a deficit of daring.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Nov 17, 2011If you are seeking a movie whose intent is to touch, incite laughter and offer humane treasures, this is an articulate one hour and forty minutes for you.
'Terri' breaks barriers that are stunning in scope for lower budget motion pictures. This film delivers a surprise package of characters who are identifiable to anyone who has tasted or witnessed the troubled path of growing upwards.
Jacob Wysoki is perfect as Terri, a conflicted, overweight teen who is trapped in a world that he finds difficult to comprehend. The always brilliant John C. Reilly portrays his adult navigator. The pair offer an interaction which is low key, yet contains a dynamic that screams for understanding on both sides.
It is this uncommon bond, as well as the younger freindships that Terri strives to inhabit, that creates the mural of a cry for mercy that is this film.
Creed Bratton (The Office and original member of The Grassroots) plays Terri's Uncle James and delivers another potent ingredient within this coming of rage slice of hauntingly intelligent cinema.
"Terri' is not an effort designed to feed on the teen town, growing up tough market place.
It is about something that we can only capture when paying attention to the smaller details of living.
These elusive puzzle pieces, put on display without shame, are the elements that make 'Terri' an important motion picture.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Oct 26, 2011If you seek a traditional motion picture experience, this film will leave you screaming for mercy.
This film exists somewhere between a Bob Dylan hymn and portions of 'John From Cincinatti' without the humor.
In fact, it is bereft of laughter but can engage a mystical smile from time to time.
Whatever narrative exists delivers a message that erupts into mortal fears for those still paying attention after 90 minutes.
If you have the curiosity and patience to explore evolved, spiritual ideals as formatted through the art of cinema, then you may have located Nirvana.
This Tree is a flawed Oak that dares to incite, unite and disorient it's viewers.
The Life that dreams inside this celluloid brilliance and darkness is a victorious disaster.
And who doesn't enjoy a good disaster every now and then?
My problem with the creation is that it takes many emotional hostages in the name of a spiritual quest. This style offers few answers to the most important questions it poses..
Still, there is little doubt that Mallick has been blessed by a brand of genius that often eludes our zones of viewing security.
But I'll be damned if he doesn't swing for the fences during the effort. If Terrance connects is totally your call. It's worth is beyond any critic's perceptions.
That is how personal this journey is.
From an acting vantage point, Brad Pitt does some remarkable things with the material given him.
Sean Penn utters only a handfull of on screen words and given his public response to the film is lost as to why as the viewer might be.
The only true star here is Mr. Mallick whose unseen face is written within every frame.
'Tree Of Life' is 'Badlands without the active, murderous hearts. It takes us to a place we may or may not desire to be but are all a part of and subject to by virtue of birth.… Expand