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February 14, 2018
Adapted from a book written by Jane Smiley, starring Jessica Lange as Ginny of the "Cook" family along with her three sisters, Rose (Michelle Pheiffer) and Caroline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) constant squabble over her father's, Larry (Jason Robarb) acre farm land after he leaves it to them.
June 27, 2016
Another stellar film by Jocelyn Moorehouse. A fantastic A-list cast with mesmerising performances. A formidable depiction of what women and girls endure in everyday life.
½ February 4, 2016
Very well-acted but forced and ultimately ineffective.
November 4, 2014
En flott film,på godt og vondt.
June 4, 2014
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.
½ June 20, 2013
A poor film. I especially can't get past the fact that the father molested his daughters.
½ February 7, 2012
This could have been a lot better. A Southern American version of King Lear could have been really engaging as the play has so many strong good characters. It certainly wasn't bad but it just didn't real take advantage of the plot lines & skimmed over the issues.
May 11, 2011
Not bad, a bit depressing. Colin Firth does an American accent for the first time and it was pretty darn good.
February 28, 2011
well the rottentomatoes critics didn't approve but i thought this had a great cast w/ great courageous acting by lange and pfeiffer... really started to hate the father early in. harsh yet touching and inspirational movie.
February 20, 2011
2.5/4 Stars

Some critics say that this movie would not be a movie that would be entertaining nor interesting, but this movie amused and interested me in some parts. Sure some parts were not understandable, but I still was amused by the performances by Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and the late Jason Robards. I was amused by the rage of Robards and the great performances from Pfeiffer and Lange. This is not a movie I'll watch over and over, but I'll still recommend this movie.
October 13, 2010
A good movie I highly recommend it.
July 4, 2010
Stellar cast, great sets, krappy script.
½ April 21, 2010
(from The Watermark, 09/28/97)
The true soap opera award, though, has to go to A Thousand Acres in which an angry feminist has decided to tell King Lear from a women-as-victims point of view. Jason Robards is an old Iowa farmer who decides to divide up his land equally among his three daughters (Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jennifer Jason Leigh). When Robards and Leigh have a falling out, Lange and Pfeiffer get the property, and then Robards changes his mind, and takes them to court to get the land back. This is just one more thing piled onto the sisters' problems of sibling betrayal, cancer, infidelity, spousal abuse, and miscarriage. What the hell, throw in some incest for good measure, too. It's basically an overload of issues that create a film with no thematic focus. Lange's performance is what holds the film together. She is brilliantly understated as the dowdy and repressed farm wife, though her character's transition is too clunky and hard to swallow. Pfeiffer, looking horribly out of place as the middle sister (Did nobody learn from Frankie and Johnny that you just can't make her look dowdy?), is just plain angry and one dimensional, as is Robards. It comes from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Jane Smiley, and of course the classic work of Shakespeare... how could it be this misguided when it had so much going for it?
March 8, 2010
Phenomenal and endearing film.
February 16, 2010
Could have been a different ending...easy to lose interest in.
½ November 26, 2009
Pfeiffer is the best thing in it
July 14, 2009
So sad what dad did to the girls, when they were teenagers.
½ April 25, 2009
Powerful performances from Michelle + Jessica Lange although something was missing and it kind of dragged on..
shesdownbytheriver
Super Reviewer
April 25, 2009
No thanks - Not interested
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