Terrence Malick (no, not me!), is an Assyrian-American director. He is quite revered in Hollywood and is often considered one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time. He has been nominated for a number of Oscars and Golden Globes in the past. His films are often critically acclaimed and are considered landmarks in cinema. His 2012 film, The Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2012 - the highest honour at the Cannes Film Festival.
However, as of late (perhaps since the release of To the Wonder), Terrence Malick's films have been receiving a mixed or negative reception from critics. His film, Knight of Cups received mixed reviews from critics. More recently, his latest film Song to Song has been universally panned by critics, with critics calling it 'dull', 'boring' and 'embarrasing'. One critic even said it was a "humiliating wreck of a movie." Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone magazine gave it 1 star out of 5.
Conversely, Christopher Hooton of the Independent claimed that it has become a trend in Hollywood to hate on Malick's films as of late, giving his latest film 5 stars and calling it a "masterpiece." In addition, Richard Brody of the New Yorker, who has often praised Malick's films, including To the Wonder and Knight of Cups, called it a "beautiful film."
What do you guys think? Has it become a trend to pan Malick's films as of late? We should not forget this man's oeuvre and his contribution to the art that is cinema. I think it's critics being critics. Although I haven't seen the film, these critics are mainstream critics, who'll basically **** on anything that pushes the envelope. Malick is experimental and his films aren't formulaic. Richard Brody is right when he said that Knight of Cups "challenges Hollywood to do better."
Malick is an artist and always will be!