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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 11

Arguably Robert Redford's most inchoate work, The Milagro Beanfield War has plenty of beautiful moments, but they don't quite add up to a worthwhile whole.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

Arguably Robert Redford's most inchoate work, The Milagro Beanfield War has plenty of beautiful moments, but they don't quite add up to a worthwhile whole.

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It's advisable to know from the beginning of The Milagro Beanfield War that "milagro" is the Spanish word for "miracle." The scene is a rundown Hispanic community in New Mexico, bordering a posh housing development. In full control of the local water rights, the powers-that-be are secure in the belief that they'll be able to expand their development without resistance from the locals. No one can foresee that impoverished farmer Joe Mondragon (Chick Vennera), during a burst of frustrated rage,

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Drama, Comedy

May 31, 2005

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (11)

Redford and company have put a quirky twist on the material, investing it with a quasi-mystical aspect as well as some raw comedy.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Fairly choked with good intentions, whimsy, touches of fantasy, and cardboard liberal stereotypes.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Redford's film sustains a slow mood of simpatico amiability and photographs the landscape with moony or golden washes that are perhaps hard to dislike, but is slain by its adherence to an outdated populist mythology.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film is very big on sunsets and sunrises. It also has a touristy appreciation for all manner of things folkloric. What it doesn't have is dramatic coherence or backbone.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Corny, you bet. But that's to be admired in an old war horse on the last frontier.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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If Redford had left out a few of the waffling, undecided characters and drawn his dramatic lines more strongly, the film might have been a lot more powerful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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This is probably Redford's most complex and cleverly structured directorial effort.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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Pokes gently at the funny bone and is sympathetic without becoming sentimental.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Who'd of thought that a battle over water rights would make for such an interesting tale?

February 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Not good. Not bad. Just there.

December 10, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Forgotten little gem from Robert Redford

June 7, 2003 | Comment (1)
Lawrence Journal-World

Picaresque tale set in a small Hispanic town where a developer's idea of progress threatens to change the community completely.

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The simple fact is that despite its flaws Milagro is still a very pleasant outing, loaded with delightful characters and a great many very enjoyable set-pieces.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for The Milagro Beanfield War

Preachy but well acted. Redford at times is more concentrated on the message rather than allowing the film to put that forward naturally.
January 27, 2012
John Ballantine

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Great movie by Robert Redford, Sonia Braga is phenomenal!
January 12, 2008
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