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Cape Town - Terrence Malick’s Song to Song opened the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) at the end of last week and the reviews are in.

The film, which stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, centres on two intersecting love triangles and highlights obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

Malick - whose previous work includes The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Badlands - is known for his enigmatic film style that has garnered him much praise and criticism.

But it seems like Malick’s perplexing cinematic ways might be losing its impact with film fanatics.

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“Terrence Malick apparently isn't making movies anymore, he's making elaborate excuses to put our hottest movie stars into extremely awkward sex-fetish scenarios that are about as titillating as invasive dentistry,” writes Mashable’s Josh Dickey.

Entertainment Weekly’s Joe McGovern describes the film as: “In terms of content and meaningfulness, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song is the cinematic equivalent of a Trump press conference.”

Variety’s Peter Debruge writes: “It pains me to say it, but Malick might want to consider another lengthy hiatus.”

Robbie Collin from The Daily Telegraph writes: “Song to Song unfolds in and around the rock scene in Malick's adopted home town of Austin, but you sense it wouldn't be noticeably different if it had been set at a bacon factory or an ice rink.”

By Tuesday morning the film had a dismal 46% percent rating on the movie rating site, Rotten Tomatoes.

But not all reviews are bad with The Guardian’s Jordan Hoffman saying: “A beautiful, melancholic rush of imagery, dizzying the senses at every turn.”

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