Land of Plenty - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Land of Plenty Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Major tragedy that September 11th has gone from horrifying to exploited... to, now, really freakin' boring German films about deserts and campervans.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 19, 2006
About as unconvincing as any Hollywood film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 16, 2006
Deftly balances its viewpoints and pulls them off with a minimum of outrage or sermonizing.
Christopher Null
October 3, 2006
not exactly lazy filmmaking, but it's hard to give it your complete attention
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 5, 2006
Only when the lessons end and characters become simply individuals trying to connect and communicate in the desolate landscape of a forgotten America does the film resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Leslie Felperin
August 4, 2006
Wim Wenders' first fiction featurefeature since 2000's The Million Dollar Hotel, rocky but respectable Land of Plenty proves the helmer often does better with low budgets, fast schedules and young collaborators.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 4, 2006
It casts a spell of compassionate humanity with a gently healing effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 17, 2006
There are some fine performances, as well as a surprising, well-earned and emotional pay-off that comes at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 17, 2006
These intriguing characters and some gorgeous (for digital video) footage keep you involved, even as the plot meanders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2005
Hampered by an ending that overreaches needlessly, the film is nevertheless worthy and unmistakably the effort of an enduringly distinctive and important filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 10, 2005
The flawed, fascinating Land of Plenty is easily Wenders' most vital work in more than a decade.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
October 20, 2005
Land of Plenty isn't for everyone, but patient viewers will be rewarded with a poignant look at life in America today.
Marcy Dermansky
October 15, 2005
Michelle William's warm, emphathic presence made Wim Wenders' new 9/11 film into a truly watchable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 14, 2005
Wenders handles America's physical landscape with characteristic clarity. But he never gets a handle on the trickier political terrain and so, like Uncle Paul, ends up chasing too many roads to nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
October 14, 2005
Works best as an illustration of the way conspiracy theories serve to weave threads of order, however fantastic, during moments of incomprehensible upheaval.
| Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 12, 2005
Land of Plenty has a few too many coincidences and tends to be sugary, but it has an important precautionary message in this age of terror.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 12, 2005
Taking up the divided, anxious state of post-9/11 American life, Wim Wenders's new film is like a clumsy, well-meaning intervention in a family quarrel.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 11, 2005
With the film's coda set at ground zero, Wenders has never seemed more of a tourist.
Joshua Tanzer
October 10, 2005
A caricature that indicts, if not our actual country, then a rather similar country that an outsider imagines America to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 8, 2005
Wenders is content wandering the American heartland with his iPod and camera-as-divining-rod, looking for a thematic purpose to anchor his groggy, music-infused aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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