I haven't seen this movie yet, but it sounds worth starting a thread for reactions. Here is a review from MOVIEWAFFLE:
This movie makes you see the world anew. It’s rampant with beauty. For all the talk of non-linear narrative and theological mystery, The Tree of Lifeis a balm for the senses; it brings peace to you. As an enquiry into grace, it evokes the quality of grace perfectly. The smallest pleasures of human life are held in equal thrall with the grand progressions of the universe. You can’t help feeling staggered by its scope. But unlike the chill of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this film doesn’t lose its human perspective by contemplating infinity; rather, like a wildlife film, it watches human beings with amazement. You can recognise the family at the centre of this film. The wonder is that for years, we walk around blindfolded....[ READ FULL REVIEW BY FOLLOWING LINK ABOVE]..... In a recent interview with the head of the Anglican Church, Rowan Williams, the archbishop stated that: “God’s act in creating the world is gratuitous, so everything comes to [us] as a gift. God simply wills that there shall be joy for something other than himself.” This is the grace which infuses Malick’s film. The abundance of beauty in The Tree of Lifestems as much from the director’s theological convictions as it does his aesthetic judgement. For Malick, beauty shows us what’s eternal; beauty abides, beyond death. It’s what Virginia Woolf understood when she wrote of “a match burning in a crocus”. Our aesthetic drive is what grants us soul. That’s why beauty gives us peace. Here’s truth; here’s succour; here’s the grand scheme revealed.