"Style is more an attitude toward things than the things themselves. It can be a raised eyebrow or a nervous smile or a pair of shrugged shoulders. It can even be an averted glance."
I could write ten thousand words on why I treasure the style of George Cukor more than I do the style of Terrence Malick.
But I could never express the core idea behind that opinion better than Andrew Sarris did, more than forty years ago.