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Metascore

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90
Film.com
Misshapen but magnificent vision of a soulful quest -- in the thick of misery and fear -- for the meaning of our lives.
90
The A.V. Club
Malick's powerful intermingling of brutality and beauty, his signature cutaways to indigenous flora and fauna, and the gentle lyricism of his disjunctive narration and painterly images are too rich to fully register in a single viewing.
90
Time
The film is a gorgeous garland on an unknown soldier's grave.
90
Could be called the "Red Badge of Courage" of World War II movies.
80
An intensely internalized portrait of external pandemonium, a slippery, insidiously haunting work of poetry rather than brilliantly realized pulp.
80
Slate
No movie in the last decade has succeeded in psyching out critics and audiences as fully as the powerful, rambling war epic The Thin Red Line.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie's schizophrenia keeps it from greatness (this film has no firm idea of what it is about), but doesn't make it bad. It is, in fact, sort of fascinating: a film in the act of becoming, a field trial, an experiment in which a dreamy poet meditates on stark reality.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Like no other war movie you've ever seen.
75
ReelViews
The director is a poet of images.
70
A big, fat, gorgeous, mesmerizing mess.

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