A Thousand Acres Reviews

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November 27, 2019
Despite the golden promise of the cornfields, its crops are barren.
November 27, 2019
Both beg the question of whether rage or forgiveness is the correct moral response to immoral acts. It's a good question, but one that's probably better contemplated by reading a good book rather than watching a pale imitation.
November 27, 2019
With, in effect, two authors to accommodate, the movie exhausts the audience by piling on the tear-jerky plot: fatal diseases and accidents, extramarital affairs, lawsuits, you name it.
September 7, 2018
This is the type of perverse material which would have made a fine high-profile spectacle from the late 1950s or 60s, when its issues could ride the line between sacred and profane, obvious and subtle.
September 7, 2011
A Thousand Acres plays like five masochistic Lifetime-channel movies that have been mashed together until they have all the flavor of strained peas.
July 3, 2008
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
Cry, cry, cry. Hug, hug, hug. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
July 3, 2008
All the characters are sharply defined, with Lange and Pfeiffer in fine form, and Robards suitably sour as the grumpy old curmudgeon, but the plot has been watered down until it is little more than a Waltons-styled soap.
July 3, 2008
Proof that Hollywood no longer knows how to make that former staple, the women's picture.
July 3, 2008
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
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.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
Robards' senile paterfamilias is, regrettably, a grave embarrassment.
June 23, 2005
June 22, 2005
June 1, 2005
April 9, 2005
It's a pretty powerful analysis of an extended family (where lifelong friends in farming are integral to the well being of a community) shot apart by power and greed.
March 31, 2005
... just doesn't work.
January 21, 2005
July 1, 2004
Fans of Jane Smiley's enthralling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres, will find the movie version disappointing.
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