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Sweet Land Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 5, 2008
Echoing Malick's 'Days of Heaven' in the way it captures the majesty of the American countryside, this is a small gem that's worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dallas Morning News
February 10, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 2, 2007
A film of uncommon grace, one that transports you to an America that seems innately familiar even though you have never seen it depicted on-screen quite like this before.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 2, 2007
As opposed to the bulk of low-budget films, the look here is lush and beautifully crafted; even the make-up is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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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+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 22, 2006
[Director Ali] Selim grounds the story so firmly in its characters that he never hits a false note.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2006
Sweet Land is an unusual look at love and how it can unexpectedly develop. Those for whom the concept of an arranged marriage is foreign will get a little history lesson on the immigrant experience watching this sweetly engrossing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 4, 2006
It's beautiful.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2006
As Sweet Land demonstrates, bigotry is vulnerable, and love is universal. Sweet Land is a fervent movie poem to that love -- and to family, land, lost times and old beginnings.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2006
... a beautifully photographed film ... that celebrates its regional identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 3, 2006
A lovely, old-fashioned farm romance quietly doubling as a comment on immigration and American identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
October 26, 2006
A spare yet meaningful script, subtly deep performances and a starkly beautiful landscape combine in Sweet Land to tell a love story that is as much about the land as it is about two people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 20, 2006
If its drama of German and Norwegian newcomers on the plains of southern Minnesota is modest enough, it's also clearly a labor of love.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 20, 2006
Sweet Land is gorgeously shot and directed without a false note, but its chief virtue is the beautiful and little-known [Elizabeth] Reaser.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 20, 2006
Selim's script doesn't hit new territory, but beautiful cinematography takes it just far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 19, 2006
Intelligently written, brilliantly cast and thesped story of a German mail order bride in a Norwegian-American community in Minnesota just after WWI never hits a wrong note.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 19, 2006
Selim, cinematographer David Tumbelty and a superb cast work together to create a believable, poignant and haunting evocation of a long-lost way of life.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 19, 2006
There's a tartness at the center of Sweet Land, Ali Selim's unabashedly sentimental tale of a mail-order bride and the community that eventually comes to accept her.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 18, 2006
A love story and an elegy, Sweet Land is a meaningful film that makes its points with subtlety.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2006
If Terrence Malick could ever banish the wispy art clouds from his brain and give in to the storyteller inside, perhaps he might make a movie as stirring as Sweet Land.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
October 17, 2006
Directing with a light comic touch and a palpable affection for the characters, Selim draws pitch-perfect acting from a large cast (John Heard, Ned Beatty, Alan Cumming, Alex Kingston, and Lois Smith) and achieves breathtaking levels of color and clarity.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 12, 2006
This is an intelligently told story that relies on intriguing characters and enticingly mellow pacing that reflects the story's setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 11, 2006
A sweet gem.