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The Good Earth Reviews

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Critical opinion has not been kind, but studio excavators may find much to admire.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
May 13, 2016
...an 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
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 18, 2008
No harmful false note is struck.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 13, 2006
more of a time capsule than a great piece of filmmaking
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Jardine
Slant Magazine
August 10, 2010
Epic in scope, though intimate in effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 21, 2015
It gets by with great star performances, but the story remains undramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 25, 2016
In source novel and film, simplicity, family, and hard work are the pillars.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 19, 2003
Gorgeously photographed, beautifully acted.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 16, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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-

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
Classic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
It somehow worked, and was a remarkable tribute to MGM's dream factory.
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Time Out
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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