The Southerner Reviews

August 8, 2020
This is Renoir as cultural anthropologist, observing and dissecting and appreciating, with every painterly-composed scene.
July 19, 2020
I see solid realism in this Renoir film, the third filmed during his American term, very much in the style of Ford's 'The Grapes of Wrath'. [Full review in Spanish]
February 20, 2007
The land is pictured as being so real that you can almost taste it.
February 8, 2007
Made while Frenchman Renoir was in Hollywood in exile, this rural portrait is a better film than Swamp Water, showing the helmer's penchant for meticulous attention to detail and lyrical realism, for which he received his only directing Oscar nomination
June 24, 2006
Renoir's most successful American film, loose, free-flowing, honest.
March 25, 2006
A rich, unusual and sensitive delineation of a segment of the American scene well worth filming and seeing.
August 1, 2005
Essential viewing.
December 5, 2003
July 30, 2003
A remarkably naturalistic portrayal of one family's struggle to start a farm in the South.
May 24, 2003
You can almost feel the land and sense the spirit guiding this most heartfelt of movies.
May 1, 2003
Jean Renoir is perhaps the greatest of all film directors. He is certainly the most lovable.
January 1, 2000
Jean Renoir's 1945 examination of dirt farmers in the American south is probably his finest Hollywood film, which is to say a masterpiece.