Written and directed by Terrence Malick, To the Wonder is a romantic drama about men and women grappling with love and its many phases and seasons—passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow and indecision—and the way these forces merge together and drift apart, transforming, destroying and reinventing the lives they touch. Working once again with the cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (The New World, The Tree of Life), and a team of gifted collaborators, Terrence Malick has concocted a deeply moving visual language intermingling love, nature and spirit—“all things work together for the good,” as one character in To the Wonder proclaims — that ranks among his most personal and heartfelt works.
“Malick, surely one of the most romantic and spiritual of filmmakers, appears almost naked here before his audience, a man not able to conceal the depth of his vision.” —Roger Ebert
“A cinematic miracle [that] deserves to endure as an artistic landmark… it is an art as original and distinctive as it is profound and heartfelt” —Richard Brody, New Yorker
“This is ground zero for cinema as a living, breathing, evolving thing” —Michael Koresky, Reverse Shot
“Ravishing…perhaps Malick’s simplest, most relatable evocation yet of paradise lost” —Justin Chang, Variety
“4 STARS! Gasp-inducing… it feels like a gift” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY
“Ecstatically beautiful…The film can’t be judged by the usual metrics—it has figures rather than characters, movements rather than acts—because what it’s really attempting to do is give expression to the ineffable and show us something beautiful, reminding us that we live in a world that’s larger than ourselves” —Scott Tobias, A.V. Club