Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (1995)

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Chronicling the struggle of Russ Jordan and his wife, Mary Jane, to keep their debt-ridden farm in the family, married filmmakers Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher shine a light on the decline of the American farm in this Sundance Film Festival winner. To silence an unsympathetic bank that wants its $220,000 loan repaid, the Jordans sell everything they own, move to a tiny house in another town and pray that their son Jim can hold on to the land.

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Critic Reviews for Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

The images of the land... exert a nostalgic tug for a Norman Rockwell dream of which this family, in better days, seemed to have found a piece.

August 5, 2003 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Anybody with a feeling for the rural Midwest will find this visually engaging documentary a bittersweet reminder of how family farming, once a pillar of American life, is slowly vanishing.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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A deeply personal docu about the loss of a farm, the film premiered at Sudance Film Festival where it won major awards. Amazingly similar in plot and events to the Jessica Lange farm feature Country, it deseved serious Oscar considerations.

January 8, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

And on and on it goes until we're just about ready to give up corn if only so they don't make any more movies like this.

March 12, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
Filmcritic.com

Alternately heartwarming and heart-wrenching, rich with understated humor and warmth, punctuated with priceless glimpses inside the human condition, Troublesome Creek is a powerful film despite its familiar theme.

March 24, 2002 | Full Review…
Boston Phoenix

An emotionally affecting documentary about an Iowa family's struggle to keep their farm.

February 28, 2002 | Full Review…
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