A Hidden Life

critic Reviews

76% Fresh Tomatometer Score76%
  • Ambitious and visually absorbing, A Hidden Life may prove inscrutable to non-devotees -- but for viewers on Malick's wavelength, it should only further confirm his genius.
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    David SimsThe Atlantic
    It's a decision Malick memorializes beautifully, in a film that is his most affecting effort in almost a decade.
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    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    One of [Malick's] finest films, and one of his most demanding.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    A return to form... Beautiful writing, beautiful filmmaking.
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    Lael LoewensteinFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    A beautiful, lyrical, expansive portrait of a man... It's quite beautiful.
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    Lidija HaasThe New Republic
    Perhaps only Malick could at this historical moment make a film so overconfident in its visual and moral convictions.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    We shouldn't be so smug as to assume that we would always know the right thing to do, or even be brave enough to do it, Malick seems to say. A true act of resistance should crack our universe open.
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    Anne BrodieWhat She Said
    The leads' delicate performances, founded in emotion, strength and quiet opposition are incredibly moving.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    Breathtakingly beautiful, poetic, soulful and chillingly topical (the film) searches for righteousness in a time when cruelty and evil are the popular will.
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    Matthew DoughertyThe Filtered Lens
    Terrence Malick's style is so distinct in what works and what doesn't. Just like the rest of his films, A Hidden Life is resplendent in natural imagery, and also just like the rest, it's criminally self-indulgent.
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    John AndersonWall Street Journal
    With A Hidden Life and the story of Franz Jägerstätter, the director has found the ideal vehicle for his cosmic inquiries, and has created a film that is mournful, memorable and emotionally exhilarating.
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