The Field Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The Field is a grim allegory of hard life on the land -- a symbolic play, transplanted uneasily to the greater realism of the film medium, where what we might accept on the stage now looks contrived and artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
As overwrought as [My Left Foot] was understated.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
The astonishing Richard Harris can't overcome the underwhelming narrative. A rare misfire from Jim Sheridan.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Sheridan seems out in left field here, undone by the sheer hokum of the material.
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Eve Zibart
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A painfully overwrought combination of A Touch of the Poet and Zorba the Greek.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Predictable and interminably slow-moving, The Field appears at times to be an uneven blend of John Ford's The Informer and David Lean's Ryan's Daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Field is a movie that all too often reveals its origins as a play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 18, 2007
One of Jim Sheridan's weakest and most propagandistic films, this Iriah social melodrama was made between two highlights: My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 18, 2005
Richard Harris's standout performance elevates this simple fable into a near classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
A gut-wrenching drama pulsating with Shakespearean passions
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
June 30, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1990
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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