A Thousand Acres 1997

A Thousand Acres

Critics Consensus

A Thousand Acres makes disappointingly sudsy stuff out of the source material, but benefits from solid performances by a strong cast.

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A patriarch (Jason Robards) deeds his farm to two (Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange) of his three daughters in a modern "King Lear" set in the U.S. Midwest.

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Critic Reviews for A Thousand Acres

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (39)

  • Despite the golden promise of the cornfields, its crops are barren.

    November 27, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A Thousand Acres plays like five masochistic Lifetime-channel movies that have been mashed together until they have all the flavor of strained peas.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • From the first frame, a silhouetted barn and windmill at dawn, the images feel prefab, and the all-purpose wistful tinkly piano and sighing strings pin them even more boringly down.

    July 3, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Slate
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  • Cry, cry, cry. Hug, hug, hug. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

    July 3, 2008 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    CNN.com
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  • Owing more to the spirit of Oprah than to the Bard, pic serves up an earnest but unconvincing stew of received notions about family dysfunction, awkwardly put across by a script wheezing with melodramatic contrivances.

    July 3, 2008
  • The story is just an empty, manipulative compilation of tragedies and misunderstandings.

    July 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Thousand Acres

  • Mar 14, 2008
    A story of familial dysfunction,loyalty and betrayal.Reminded me of King Lear.Stellar casr and a very good adaptation of the book.
    Audrey L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2007
    An amazing and courageous movie. Phenomenal story plot. Here is an endearing movie that will leave you a bit teary-eyed. Great cast- Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Colin Firth, Jason Robards, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Definitely worthy.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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