A Thousand Acres


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.



Total Count: 49


Audience Score

User Ratings: 4,124
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Movie Info

The lives of an Iowa farmer's three daughters are shattered when he suddenly decides to bequeath them the family's fertile farm. Loosely based on Jane Smiley's Pulitzer-winning novel, which in turn is based on Shakespeare's King Lear, this all-star drama is fraught with emotional outbursts and familial dysfunction.


Michelle Pfeiffer
as Rose Cook Lewis
Jessica Lange
as Ginny Cook Smith
Jason Robards
as Larry Cook
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Caroline Cook
Colin Firth
as Jess Clark
Kevin Anderson
as Peter Lewis
Pat Hingle
as Harold Clark
John Carroll Lynch
as Ken LaSalle
Anne Pitoniak
as Mary Livingstone
Vyto Ruginis
as Charles Carter
Ray Toler
as Marv Carson
Steve Key
as Loren Clark
Dan Conway
as Henry Dodge
Ray Baker
as Wallace Crockett
Beth Grant
as Roberta
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Critic Reviews for A Thousand Acres

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (37)

  • 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.

    Jul 3, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Top Critic
  • Cry, cry, cry. Hug, hug, hug. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

    Jul 3, 2008 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    Top Critic
  • 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.

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

    Jul 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • In many ways, it has less in common with Shakespeare's tragedy than with Stephen King's Iowa-set horror story, Children of the Corn.

    Jul 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Robards' senile paterfamilias is, regrettably, a grave embarrassment.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic

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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