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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

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

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 3,433



Movie Info

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, … More

R (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
May 31, 2005
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for The Milagro Beanfield War

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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Top Critic

Fairly choked with good intentions, whimsy, touches of fantasy, and cardboard liberal stereotypes.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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the landscape with moony or golden washes that are perhaps hard to dislike, but is slain by its adherence to an outdated populist mythology.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Corny, you bet. But that's to be admired in an old war horse on the last frontier.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This is probably Redford's most complex and cleverly structured directorial effort.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007

Pokes gently at the funny bone and is sympathetic without becoming sentimental.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | February 14, 2006

Not good. Not bad. Just there.

December 10, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Forgotten little gem from Robert Redford

June 7, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

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

Full Review… | September 1, 2002
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Great movie by Robert Redford, Sonia Braga is phenomenal!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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