* CriticalDissonance: Malick's films are in very high regard with critics, but audiences are much more divided, especially with ''Film/TheTreeOfLife''.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line both had Oscar-nominated scores by Music/EnnioMorricone and HansZimmer, respectively. TheNewWorld and TheTreeOfLife both featured mostly classical music, ranging from [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagner]] to [[LudwigVonBeethoven Beethoven]] to Mozart and Smetana.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Egads. Either he's an incredible visionary and one of the greatest minds in cinema today or a long winded oaf with ham-fisted narration and laborious pacing. Both camps can agree that his films are [[SceneryPorn very]] [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome pretty]], though.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: With ''Film/TheTreeOfLife'' being the most prominent of his works in terms of visuals.