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To watch The Tree of Life
(2011) is, in analogous fashion, to participate in its making. And any criticism will therefore have to be provisional. [Terrence Malick
] might have been well advised to leave out the dinosaurs and the trip to the afterlife and given us a delicate chronicle of a young man's struggle with his father and himself, set against a backdrop of rapid social change. And perhaps [
Is a film critic for The New York Times from 2000 - present.