The Field Reviews

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.
July 18, 2005
Richard Harris's standout performance elevates this simple fable into a near classic.
September 27, 2003
July 19, 2003
A gut-wrenching drama pulsating with Shakespearean passions
June 30, 2003
June 5, 2003
May 20, 2003
The Field is a movie that all too often reveals its origins as a play.
July 25, 2002
The astonishing Richard Harris can't overcome the underwhelming narrative. A rare misfire from Jim Sheridan.
May 12, 2001
As overwrought as [My Left Foot] was understated.
January 1, 2000
Sheridan seems out in left field here, undone by the sheer hokum of the material.
January 1, 2000
A painfully overwrought combination of A Touch of the Poet and Zorba the Greek.
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.
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.
January 1, 1990