The Good Earth Reviews

July 22, 2019
A superb screen version of Pearl Buck's Chinese novel about peasants, famine, plague, slow poverty and sudden riches.
June 25, 2018
Once the picture gets past a lumbering opening, it succeeds in involving us in the plight of its struggling protagonists.
May 13, 2016 epic tale of a Chinese family who overcomes famine, revolution, locusts, and a whole lot more in their journey from poverty to prosperity.
March 25, 2016
In source novel and film, simplicity, family, and hard work are the pillars.
April 21, 2015
It gets by with great star performances, but the story remains undramatic.
August 10, 2010
Epic in scope, though intimate in effect.
January 31, 2009
Earnest and solemn, The Good Erath, based on Pearl Buck's Pulitzer prize-winning best-seller, is a typical MGM "prestige" literary adaptation, honoring Luise Rainer with a second (undeserved) Best Actress Oscar.
October 18, 2008
No harmful false note is struck.
November 16, 2007
March 13, 2006
more of a time capsule than a great piece of filmmaking
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
It's a typically lumbering, cautious, overblown Thalberg project, saved by Rainer's genuinely moving, Oscar-winning portrayal of Chinese peasantry, and by an immensely spectacular storm of locusts.
April 2, 2004
August 22, 2003
May 24, 2003
It somehow worked, and was a remarkable tribute to MGM's dream factory.
May 20, 2003
Once again Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has enriched the screen with a superb translation of a literary classic.
March 19, 2003
Gorgeously photographed, beautifully acted.
January 1, 2000
Classic melodrama.
January 1, 2000
Critical opinion has not been kind, but studio excavators may find much to admire.