Roger Ebert's last review: Three-and-a-half stars
April 8th, 2013
01:59 PM ET

Roger Ebert's last review: Three-and-a-half stars

The last film Roger Ebert filed a review for was also one that he enjoyed.

On April 6, two days after he died at age 70, Ebert's critique of Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" was published to his website, Rogerebert.com.

Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, Malick's "To the Wonder" is billed as a romantic drama, one that centers on Affleck's Neil and Kurylenko's Marina, a couple who fall in love in France and then move to Oklahoma. There, Ebert writes, trouble arises as McAdams' Jane renews her bond with Neil, who was once in love with her. The film also introduces Bardem's Father Quintana, a European priest there who's facing questions of faith.

In his trademark style, Ebert reviews "To the Wonder" with an accessible honesty, frankly admitting that he at first wondered if he was "missing something" when Malick's film began. The actors are less the "stars" of the story as much as they are models, and while there is dialogue, it's "dreamy and half-heard," Ebert says.

But the power of Ebert's work was that his status as "the everyman's critic" didn't make his writing was pedestrian, and this review is no different.

"A more conventional film would have assigned a plot to these characters and made their motivations more clear," Ebert writes, but he found himself in the end won over by Malick's offering. "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."

Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half stars.


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  1. Ben needs to stay in the acting business but detach from all negativity

    -

    April 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben needs to make some better life choices

    not only as an actor but as a man as well

    April 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rock

    NICE!!! She's wacking him off in a field of wheat

    April 9, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Humming confirmed 4am this morning..thanks.

    -

    April 9, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. THERE IS A VIRUS ...EMELY FROM UTAH

    JUST SENT ME A LETTER....THE HANDWRITING ON THE ENVELOPE IS BEING TESTED...

    THE SAME SAYS FREEDOM

    April 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ASKMEN.COM

    friends and family.....all problems with askmen.com....virus-anyone else have this problem?...thanks

    April 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. all the websites are redundent....

    gee i wonder why......most are gone....its time too go...its a waste - if its a marketing venture fine...but its basically a waste because all the websites are redundent and its the same information over and over and over again...

    i will probably go back too my every monday check like i use too-we have a tool here who ruined the fun of the blogging and that is why the audience is gone....whoever it is...

    April 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob N. Ferapples

    For me, Affleck's career went down hill after his star turn in Dazed and Confused. He will never top that.

    April 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Men need too Grow -2013

    the men in my family and allllllllllll the men i know have their own things...even in relationships...
    your a bore

    April 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LOOK AT THIS DISASTER MOVIE...

    BLONDIE NEEDS TO SHADOW....YOU DA MAN....

    April 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GET OUT OF YOUR FREEKIN BUBBLE

    BEN NEEDS TOO SHINE AND BLONDIE NEEDS TOO BACK UP NOW....GET LOST...THIS IS 2013
    MEN NEED TO SHINE....

    April 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LIKE SPARKLY HAPPY SHINY MEN ON TWILIGHT...?

      -

      April 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • What did i just say....

      Men need a break they need too get out the element - blogging is another project that men do not participate like before....i am leaving the blog...because its a 12 year old waste

      April 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ben the two of us need look no more.

    We both found what we were looking for. With a friend to call my own I'll never be alone. And you my friend will see, you've got a friend in me (you've got a friend in me).

    I used to say "I and me." Now it's us, now it's we.

    April 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emma

      You really pretty awesome. Not kidding. Thanks for being here and your happy post. You make people's lives happier.

      April 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're welcome...

      some people need to lighten up and enjoy the ride. Have fun on the blogs. Too much hacking, gossip and inside conversation. Wisecracks, people - more wisecracks.

      April 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • we have tool here that's the problem

      and that's why everyone is gone...

      April 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • The purpose of a TOOL, is...

      to FIX things that are BROKEN...

      April 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • (3) ASKMEN.COM

      ARE YOU HAVING A VIRUS PROBLEM....WE ARE

      April 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • No virus problem

      1.) never go to askmen.com
      2.) compu is impenetrable

      April 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BEN NEEDS INDIVIDUALITY--GO FOR IT

    YES

    April 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ben can have his career but he needs more and now is the right time

    GO BEN

    April 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ben needs too be recognized for Ben--Not This Mess

    work on it....k?

    April 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ben will always be Daredevil to me...

    *sigh*

    April 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ben needs too be recognized for him....Its time Ben

    just sayin....

    April 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Yennifer Loopez

    My Ben better not be with that blond lady. Though I have a lots of money I still love my tacos honey. Taco taco.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • big richard

      Do you like hot dogs Yen? I've got the hot dog, you've got the buns!

      April 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Exec Producer

    One dimensional characters with little to no actual character development does not make for an enjoyable movie.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Do we have bed yet? thanks...

    let's get her goig thanks

    April 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Nurse

    Sometimes when peoples are in the last stages of an illness the doctors give them very strong drugs. This could explain the positive review. 3 1/2 out of 10 isn't that great of a rating though.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Emily

    Definitly a snooze fest. All the girls in our girls night out group dozed off. Boring boring boring.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  23. thanks

    Trish

    I daw this movie last Saturday. I'd also give it 3 and a half stars out of 100. It wasn't very good. Kind of a movie for embiciles.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Zombie Girl

    Why weren't there any walkers or zombies in it? I protest.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Duct Tape

    best route for now.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Janice

    My gramma saw this and she said it is a cinematic masterpiece. Loving and caring.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Duct Tape

    i want to make out with him

    April 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Laquanda

    This movie was a zero. No zombies. No shoot em ups. No explosions. Nothing. Not even aliens. Just a waste of money.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nope...was a decent movie...

      just sayin

      April 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • big richard

      Any skin?

      April 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • tool

      and you care because?

      April 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some skin, Richard --

      brief, but it IS full frontal. 2/3 of the way through the characthers played by Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams get lost in the Sahara desert for two days. They get so hot they have to remove their clothing just to survive. They are first shown from behind, walking nude through the dunes. Then after they're rescued, they are briefly shown in the shower, scrubbing sand out of their c o o t c h e s.

      April 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Affleck is HOT

    i gotta see this movie

    April 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Pat

    look who's talking

    April 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Trish

    I daw this movie last Saturday. I'd also give it 3 and a half stars out of 100. It wasn't very good. Kind of a movie for embiciles.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |

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