We already made a round-up of the reviews for “To The Wonder” after the Venice Film Festival and UK release but since the movie is opening in the US today we thought it would be nice to make a round-up with US reviews as well.
The movie is getting mixed reviews from the US critics, but if Rachel’s performance is mentioned then her performance is generally praised.
“Kurylenko and McAdams are luminous as they bask in the glow of love when it is warm, and full of angst when it goes cold. And young Tatiana Chiline is just a delight. The camera loves the women, lingering, perhaps a little too long as they spin and dance through open fields of grains and grasses and flowers.”
-Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
“There will be many who find “To the Wonder” elusive and too effervescent. They’ll be dissatisfied by a film that would rather evoke than supply. I understand that, and I think Terrence Malick does, too. But here he has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need.”
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
“McAdams has the least to do of the principals, but is wonderfully haunted and sad in her brief appearances.”
-Oliver Lyttelton, IndieWire
“Malick has directed another love story that deserves to endure as an artistic landmark, a love story that, in an age of radical cinema, redefines the very idea of a love story, while remaining faithful to the high line of movie tradition.”
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“In 10-15 minutes of screen time, Rachel McAdams gives perhaps one of the most impressive performances of her career as an old flame of Affleck’s character. Her vulnerable, lonely visage, eager for joy, reflects best the longing and searching all three of these characters experience.”
Michael Leaser, World
“McAdams does a remarkable job relaying her character’s painful yearning. This ambivalence is revealed in voice-over.”
-Paul Maher Jr., One Big Soul