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.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    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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    Mark JenkinsNPR
    As usual, Malick's style of storytelling is roundabout and allusive, but this time it seldom stalls.
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    Erica AbeelArts Fuse
    A Hidden Life raises filmmaking to heights that will thrill Malick fans, thanks, in part, to the camera work of his D.P., Jorg Widmer.
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    Laura CliffordReeling Reviews
    Diehl and Pachner are extraordinarily lovely together, their marriage projecting a kind of sensual purity.
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    Joey MagidsonHollywood News
    "A Hidden Life" takes all of Malick's worst instincts, some of his best, and mixes them together in an epic run time that became utterly punishing to endure.
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    Kent TurnerFilm-Forward.com
    Not since The Sound of Music have the Austrian Alps been such scene stealers.
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    A.O. ScottNew York Times
    [An] earnest, gorgeous, at times frustrating film.
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    Darren FranichEntertainment Weekly
    A Hidden Life is another Terrence Malick nature poem, transforming a true tale of conscientious objection into a ravishing portrait of goodness in a time of tyranny.
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    Peter MartinScreenAnarchy
    Questions are always raised in Terrence Malick's films. Answers are far more elusive.
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