These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Tree of Life
Award Snub: Its Best Picture and Best Director nominations were a pleasant surprise, but the lack of a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Brad Pitt is a bit of a shame. The lack of nomination for Best Visual Effects was even more incomprehensible.
The overdue Emmanuel Lubezki had practically swept the awards season for his gorgeous cinematography, yet lost the Oscar in an upset to Robert Richardson for Hugo.
Critical Dissonance/Love It or Hate It: Egads. Despite winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and being one of the most well received films of that year by critics, it also earned a significant backlash from mainstream audiences. Fro example, the Rotten Tomatoes score on the audience's side is barely at 60% while critics is at a very healthy 84%. General consensus on the negative side of the spectrum seems to be that the film is pretentious and deliberately incomprehensible, attempting to lend gravity on a cosmic scale to earthly subjects that many consider almost inherently boring.
Visual Effects of Awesome: Awesome doesn't even come close to describing it. Douglas Trumbull, VFX artist from Two Thousand One A Space Odyssey was dragged out of retirement because Malick didn't like what modern CGI artists were doing (or more accurately: modern CGInote although the Nature and Astral Realms were realized through this method via Prime Focus and Double Negative VFX respectively). Even Brad Jones, who spent over a half hour bashing the film, thought the visuals were flawless.