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The Good Earth Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Critical opinion has not been kind, but studio excavators may find much to admire.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 18, 2008
No harmful false note is struck.
March 13, 2006
more of a time capsule than a great piece of filmmaking
| Original Score: 3.5/5
August 10, 2010
Epic in scope, though intimate in effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
April 21, 2015
It gets by with great star performances, but the story remains undramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 25, 2016
In source novel and film, simplicity, family, and hard work are the pillars.
April 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2003
Gorgeously photographed, beautifully acted.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
Once again Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has enriched the screen with a superb translation of a literary classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
Classic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2003
It somehow worked, and was a remarkable tribute to MGM's dream factory.
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.
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