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2,021 Ratings

To the Wonder

Directed by Terrence Malick
United States, 2012


After visiting Mont Saint-Michel — once known in France as the Wonder — at the height of their love, Marina (Olga Kurylenko) and Neil (Ben Affleck) come to Oklahoma, where problems soon arise…

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To the Wonder Directed by Terrence Malick
As the title suggests, Malick conjures an intense, empathetic curiosity with the rush of plain existence, a bid to see the world with the same ravenous excitement as its creator might. To the Wonder shares a similar, simple narrative bend as Days of Heaven and Badlands, but here his compositions are far more fluid and his sense of perpetual motion makes each frame feel thrillingly immediate and dreamlike. A trip through the aisles of Target has never seemed so ethereal, and yet so oddly carnal.
September 03, 2013
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To the Wonder is Malick’s most searching treatment of the problem of sex, or more broadly of desire, which is perhaps related to the fact that it is also his most religious film… To those of us who remain convinced by his art, Malick is working at a level so far beyond us that our aesthetic estimations can only seem petty in comparison to his vision.
May 12, 2013
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For the most part, the spiritual transcendence sought after by the film and its characters is not attained. However, the film succeeds magnificently in showing the beauty of the physical universe, the natural world. You walk out of the theater noticing the beauty of the world around you. The film’s most significant failure is on the level of performance. Malick films an actor the same way he would an animal or a stalk of wheat, looking for the essence of his camera subject.
May 02, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film To the Wonder

    Three more days until this opens here. I actually closed my eyes and put my hearphones on so as not to ear any sound or see any images of the trailer. Plus, I had to "suffer" through the trailer 3 times. I just wanna be totally surprised and blown AWAYYYYYYYYYYYYY again.

  • Nicole Richie's rating of the film To the Wonder

    I love Malick because he's always showing how thankful he is for the universe, nature and its miracles. This movie is visually stunning and I could relate a lot with the characters insecuraties and fears. I felt blessed by some of the shots. L'amour que nous aime, merci.

  • ara's rating of the film To the Wonder

    ignore the bad reviews and watch it. this is malick's hidden gem. yes, it's slow, maybe tedious? but it's his most grounded work there's nothing beyond earthly matters and grounded emotions here... an intricate meditation on love's many forms in a way that cinema hasn't even touched before. but you have to be very patient and give this film time.

  • Jason's rating of the film To the Wonder

    I have given TO THE WONDER a one-better star rating the last two times I have seen it; alas, nowhere to go but five. TO THE WONDER is the film of an artist at his absolute oracular peak. This is an impressionism desirous of deep connection with all experience at something close to the speed of thought. First there was Walt Whitman, then there was Dziga Vertov, finally Malick, the synthesis. Expansive spiritual art.

  • Kelvane's rating of the film To the Wonder

    The music is great in how it interacts with the movie. The underlying music in the second relationship (with the blond) indicates that the two lovers are not compatible. It also creates a longing for the cohesion and beauty of the first.

  • Dave's rating of the film To the Wonder

    Proved to me that Malick is just on a whole other level from everyone else making movies. The sequence depicting the relationship between Affleck and McAdams is incredible. The finale with Bardem is equally as beautiful. It's another brilliant film, full of moments that are so beautifully simple that it's incredible to think that Malick is the only director that seems to consistently capture them.

  • This is Jake Kath's rating of the film To the Wonder

    Minor Malick? Pssht! This is Malick unhinged! He bears just about every personal emotion and secret into a cinematic whirlwind that didn't seem to stop on any point. It felt as though he was possessed, it wouldn't surprised me if he was on peyote directing this. Relating your faith in spirituality through the turmoils of lasting relationships is so intensely felt that it was hard looking at the screen! Powerfulshit!

  • ig_____or's rating of the film To the Wonder

    I admired so much "Tree" for its ambition - and success - in depicting the story of our existence, and I was so excited to see if this would be able to do the same for the act of loving. However it was a huge letdown for me. It seemed just a sequence of beautiful shots with a very thin and fragile storyline connecting them. Too much time spent chasing Kurylenko, not enough with McAdams. And Affleck was m.i.a.

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