A Thousand Acres Reviews

November 27, 2019
Despite the golden promise of the cornfields, its crops are barren.
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
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.
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
January 1, 2000
The film substitutes prejudices for ideas, formula feminism for character studies, and a signposted plot for a well-told story.
January 1, 2000
Think obsessive-compulsive Lady Macbeth or Ophelia with an eating disorder, and you have an idea of just how simplistic that seems.
January 1, 2000
It's a mess, though one inevitably worth seeing by curious readers or fans of the cast who just won't be deterred.
January 1, 2000
Ploddingly literal, A Thousand Acres is basically a star vehicle that relies on superior acting to redeem it. It does have superior acting, but that's not nearly enough.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
That Jane Smiley(TM)s A Thousand Acres would become a movie was inevitable. Another virtual certainty was its bowdlerization.
January 1, 2000
Although the plot is undeniably overwrought at times, the characters remain strong and reliable, and it's their believability that pulls us through.