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Days of Heaven Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    93

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Above all one of the most beautiful films ever made. Malick's purpose is not to tell a story of melodrama, but one of loss. His tone is elegiac. He evokes the loneliness and beauty of the limitless Texas prairie. [7 Dec. 1997]

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Days of Heaven is the grand climax of the whole "Bonnie and Clyde"-"Badlands" tradition of outlaw-lovers-on-the-run movies. Shot by Nestor Almendros and the uncredited Haskell Wexler, it's a cinematographic masterpiece. [20 March 1998]

  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The film has too much surface beauty not to earn it a recommendation, but Days of Heaven satisfies only on a sensory level.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Unforgettable 1978 love triangle drama includes violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Days of Heaven is an award-winning 1978 story of a love triangle in the early 1900s that turns violent. While not gratuitous, the scenes of violence include murder, fist fights, shootings, and stabbings. For younger viewers, the more heady explorations of Social Darwinist survival, nature (Mother and human), and symbolism manifested through the change of seasons will probably go over their heads, but for viewers eager for films with deeper meanings and rare beauty, Days of Heaven is an unforgettable experience.

  • Families can talk about symbolism. Where do some of the images and scenes seem to represent something more than what meets the eye?
  • Why do you think Linda (the young girl) was the narrator in the film? How would the film have been different if it had been another character, or if there was no narrator at all?
  • Talk about Bill and Abby's decision to trick The Farmer. Would you have made a different choice in their position?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: As a film about a love triangle against the bleak backdrop of a Texas farm in the early 20th Century, there isn't much here in terms of positive messages.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Characters are basically motivated by survival and greed.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A character is killed in a fight at a steel mill. There is gun and knife play resulting in murder. A fist fight breaks out when one character makes an incest joke at the expense of another character. A massive fire is set to combat a plague of locusts on a farm.

  • sex false1

    Sex: There are undercurrents of sexual tension throughout the film, especially as The Farmer realizes that Abby and Bill have lied about being sister and brother. Some intimacy and romantic gestures.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A tween girl frequently smokes cigarettes.

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