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Sweet Land Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 25, 2007
Sweet Land is so beautiful that it appears to be made of moving postcards, and so dull that it appears to be made of . . . moving postcards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
June 23, 2007
It's not a film to watch when you're tired.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 26, 2006
As empty and beautiful as the picturesque Minnesota terrain it's so clearly taken with.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 18, 2007
Sweet and low-key, Sweet Land is a movie that likely will leave you wishing you liked it more.
| Original Score: C+
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 16, 2006
Not a great film, something to watch when it comes on cable, not for a night out to the theater.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
October 18, 2006
Director Ali Selim's debut feature is a bland, drawn-out throwback to Jan Troell's '70s epics The Emigrants, The New Land and Zandy's Bride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 25, 2007
What we have here is an otherwise respectable period drama that keeps descending to an after-school-special level of bluntness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A torturously slow meditation on the tribulations of immigrant farmers that strains for an elegiac tone.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 2, 2007
Characters' motivations and behaviours wobble all over the map - even within single scenes - making for a profoundly frustrating and disappointing experience for viewers.
| Original Score: 63/100
Peter Bradshaw
September 5, 2008
Here is a nicely photographed, but bland, insipid and weirdly passive-aggressive little film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dallas Morning News
February 10, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 25, 2013
Ali Selim's visual masterpiece recalls the stark artistry of Terrence Malick and Western lyricism of Larry McMurtry, as it turns every frame into a picture postcard of stunning beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 16, 2007
An old-fashioned family drama masquerading as an art film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 26, 2007
Terrific acting, a perfectly captured period setting, and a simple, aching farm courtship, that's all Sweet Land is.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Some of Sweet Land is very predictable, some of it is surprising. What holds the audience's interest are the performances and Selim's solid direction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
October 15, 2006
Beautiful cinematography renders the prairie and its sturdy inhabitants more inviting than harsh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 11, 2006
A sweet gem.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 4, 2006
It's beautiful.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 28, 2006
A gorgeous romance, set during World War I, with a deep affection for the land and the immigrant settlers who make something of it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
December 28, 2009
Exceptionally photographed and remarkably performed by actors Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Reaser, Sweet Land is modest, but demonstrative, eager to detail a love story that sustains for a lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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