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1,285 Ratings

Knight of Cups

Directed by Terrence Malick
United States, 2015
Drama, Romance


A screenwriter living in LA tries to make sense of the strange events occurring around him.

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Knight of Cups Directed by Terrence Malick

Awards & Festivals

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Most Anticipated of 2016

2016 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

Rather than retreat following the contentiously received To the Wonder, the newly prolific Terrence Malick burrowed deeper into the soul of his artistry with Knight of Cups, a fractured, prismatic meditation on lust, creativity, and the quest for divine atonement in the face of an increasingly secularized world.
January 02, 2017
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While I can admit that Malick’s film is more flawed than The Thin Red Line or Badlands, Knight of Cups was still one of the best pieces of cinema I was graced with this year. I felt as though Malick had something real to express and was willing to trudge further out on a stylistic limb (that had previously alienated many audiences) to say it. Not a complete success, but something new for sure.
December 28, 2016
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Confessions linger on the tongues of dispossessed souls yearning for something beyond the artifice of their surroundings. Amazingly, the final crescendo proves transcendence to be entirely attainable. That kind of optimism is invaluable.
December 27, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Knight of Cups

    Barely slept a wink cos of this one. Dressed up as if attending prom. So nervous & giddy: counted the months, the weeks, the days, the hours, the minutes. Almost 3 years after To The Wonder and 1 year after the Berlinale premiere it finally landed here. It's a perfect blue sky day, not one cloud up in the sky: no coincidence I'm sure, it's Malick we're dealing with. Convulsions, tears, sighs & awe[Cntnd. in Comments]

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Knight of Cups

    Leave it to Malick to make a Tarot-themed film devoid of any spirituality or meaning, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Even the toe-sucking scene is a disappointment, with Christian Bale showing no enthusiasm at all for the lovely toes of Natalie Portman. The film is filled with eye candy, however; an all-star cast and cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki make make this shallowness watchable.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Knight of Cups

    At the age of thirty, a man leaves a superficial life to seek deeper fulfillment. With virtuosity, Terence MALICK makes us share his visions and his quest. == A ses trente ans, un homme s'éloigne d'une vie superficielle pour chercher à s'accomplir vraiment. Avec virtuosité, Terence MALICK nous fait partager ses visions & sa quête. Christian BALE, Cate BLANCHETT, Nathalie PORTMAN, Brian DENNEHY, Antonio BANDERAS 3,5/5

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Knight of Cups

    Malick reaches for the reflective poetry of Tarkovsky, the gnomic philosophy of association of late-Godard & the dream-play of Angelopoulos, but is hampered by the attention span of Michael Bay. Imagery is constant & unrelenting; too brief & vague to make an impression or to crystallise into something more profound. The portrait of decadence & the ennui of excess is derivative of earlier masters, Fellini & Antonioni.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Knight of Cups

    Improvisation is great for comedy. Not so much for drama. While Bale is content to do little, it makes his partners overcompensate and you get bad acting. Creating a structure of Tarot Cards/Pilgrim's Progress around it does not improve the content. His life is everything you want, but absolutely devoid of any meaning. Unfortunately, Malick's gone from elegiac to frenetic, and so it all adds up to less than zero.

  • ara's rating of the film Knight of Cups

    beautiful visual journey. love how Malick juxtaposes textures and landscapes here. some might call it formulaic but I think what he is doing is far too unique to call predictable. it's a blessing to have someone making films like this. his vision resonates with me, deeply. you either you get or don't I guess. it either speaks to you or it doesn't.

  • elenagallen's rating of the film Knight of Cups

    A fascinating premise that lacks story-telling. The fact that the director depends strictly on the sensitivity and cultivation of the viewer reduces obstreperously the accomplishment of its intention: the awakening of souls--only the ones that are already awake, will be able to connect and understand the exercise. Therefore and sadly for the rest of the audience, this visual poem is but a beautiful jerk off.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Knight of Cups

    Malick's La Dolce Vita, and if he's still going off the deep end, he's also finding new things there: wild images, a cycle of fatherhood, experiments in digital, and a way of seeing the modern world that's more organic than in his last film. It deserves to be taken seriously; the arc is nice, and Christian Bale is better at silent navel-gazing than Ben Affleck. Here's hoping Malick finds what he's looking for.

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