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A Thousand Acres (1997)

A Thousand Acres

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 37

Critics Consensus: A Thousand Acres makes disappointingly sudsy stuff out of the source material, but benefits from solid performances by a strong cast.

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: A Thousand Acres makes disappointingly sudsy stuff out of the source material, but benefits from solid performances by a strong cast.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 4,080

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Movie Info

Combine a large helping of Jane Smiley's Pulitzer prize-winning novel (also titled Thousand Acres), the premise of Shakespeare's King Lear, and a big slice of rural Americana in a bubbling kettle of family dysfunction, feminism, dark secrets, disease, betrayal, adultery and raging emotions. Stir in an all-star cast headed by Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Robards, and the result is this drama from Australian director Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof and How to Make an … More

Rating:
R (for strong sexual language)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Laura Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 21, 1998
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for A Thousand Acres

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (37) | DVD (2)

From the first frame, a silhouetted barn and windmill at dawn, the images feel prefab, and the all-purpose wistful tinkly piano and sighing strings pin them even more boringly down.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Slate
Top Critic

Cry, cry, cry. Hug, hug, hug. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
CNN.com
Top Critic

Owing more to the spirit of Oprah than to the Bard, pic serves up an earnest but unconvincing stew of received notions about family dysfunction, awkwardly put across by a script wheezing with melodramatic contrivances.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The story is just an empty, manipulative compilation of tragedies and misunderstandings.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In many ways, it has less in common with Shakespeare's tragedy than with Stephen King's Iowa-set horror story, Children of the Corn.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Robards' senile paterfamilias is, regrettably, a grave embarrassment.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

All the characters are sharply defined, with Lange and Pfeiffer in fine form, and Robards suitably sour as the grumpy old curmudgeon, but the plot has been watered down until it is little more than a Waltons-styled soap.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Film4

Proof that Hollywood no longer knows how to make that former staple, the women's picture.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a pretty powerful analysis of an extended family (where lifelong friends in farming are integral to the well being of a community) shot apart by power and greed.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

... just doesn't work.

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Fans of Jane Smiley's enthralling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres, will find the movie version disappointing.

Full Review… | July 1, 2004

Great novels are usually adapted into bad movies.

Full Review… | May 7, 2004
rec.arts.movies.reviews

You'll be shocked to discover how much of the novel's richness has been lost.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Pfeiffer excepted, the filmmakers reap little from the rich soil they have been handed.

Full Review… | January 10, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

It's worth overlooking the movie's weaknesses for the sake of those strong, memorable performances from the stars.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

This intimate and riveting portrait of sibling hate, forgiveness, and love hits the mark.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

When they're done like this, touchy-feely dramas are no improvement on Hollywood's usual testosterone-laced fare.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Talented cinematographer Tak Fujimoto does his best to capture Smiley's Iowa landscapes visually, but his is an effort doomed to failure.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Little more than slightly affecting.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
TheMovieReport.com

While many scenes are passionately acted and directed, the overall film is disjointed, and lacks a logical progression of time.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for A Thousand Acres

½

An amazing and courageous movie. Phenomenal story plot. Here is an endearing movie that will leave you a bit teary-eyed. Great cast- Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Colin Firth, Jason Robards, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Definitely worthy.

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iLeo
Leo L

Super Reviewer

A story of familial dysfunction,loyalty and betrayal.Reminded me of King Lear.Stellar casr and a very good adaptation of the book.

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Audrey Lush

Super Reviewer

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