A Thousand Acres Reviews

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September 7, 2011
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
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.
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.
August 29, 2018
...an uneasy blend of noble aspirations and overly familiar melodrama, moving uneasily between the epic mode and the ever-so-specific presentation of a Lifetime movie.
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.
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