Independent Cinema writes: With 2011′s The Tree of Life, I was completely confused by the positive reception it had received. It felt like a Terrence Malick film, designed only for Terrence Malick to enjoy. With To The Wonder, nothing has changed, except that Malick has eradicated any interesting ideas from his previous film and boiled it down to one over-arching theme: love. How does that love manifest itself? Where can we find it? Is it guaranteed that we will find it? Unfortunately for To The Wonder, it is too broad of a topic and most of the characters are not developed enough to truly appreciate their situations. Because of this lack of development, the film ultimately becomes a series of beautifully shot scenes, that are just as enigmatic and ambiguous as love itself.