The Milagro Beanfield War Reviews

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Film4
November 8, 2007
This is probably Redford's most complex and cleverly structured directorial effort.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 8, 2007
Pokes gently at the funny bone and is sympathetic without becoming sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 7, 2007
Redford and company have put a quirky twist on the material, investing it with a quasi-mystical aspect as well as some raw comedy.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2007
Fairly choked with good intentions, whimsy, touches of fantasy, and cardboard liberal stereotypes.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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the landscape with moony or golden washes that are perhaps hard to dislike, but is slain by its adherence to an outdated populist mythology.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 14, 2006
Who'd of thought that a battle over water rights would make for such an interesting tale?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
December 10, 2003
Not good. Not bad. Just there.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 7, 2003
Forgotten little gem from Robert Redford
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
Picaresque tale set in a small Hispanic town where a developer's idea of progress threatens to change the community completely.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Corny, you bet. But that's to be admired in an old war horse on the last frontier.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Redford and his crack cast of familiar gringos and less-familiar locals had an infectiously good time making it.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 29, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
October 14, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 22, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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