The Good Earth
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Based on Donald Davis and Owen Davis' stage-adaptation of Pearl S. Buck's sprawling novel, Sidney Franklin's The Good Earth is the story of a Chinese farming couple whose lives are torn apart by poverty, greed, and nature. Paul Muni stars as Wang Lung a hardworking, but poor, farmer who weds freed-slave O-Lan (Luise Rainer). They struggle to build a life together, but after finally finding success, a plague of locusts descends upon their land, bringing a true test of the couple's perseverance. For her performance, Luise Rainer won the second of back-to-back Best Actress Oscars,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"No harmful false note is struck."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Critical opinion has not been kind, but studio excavators may find much to admire."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"more of a time capsule than a great piece of filmmaking"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Classic melodrama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a typically lumbering, cautious, overblown Thalberg project, saved by Rainer's genuinely moving, Oscar-winning portrayal of Chinese peasantry, and by an immensely spectacular storm of locusts."
‑ , Time Out
"Epic in scope, though intimate in effect."
‑ Dan Jardine, Slant Magazine
"It somehow worked, and was a remarkable tribute to MGM's dream factory."
‑ , Film4
"Once again Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has enriched the screen with a superb translation of a literary classic."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Earnest and solemn, The Good Erath, based on Pearl Buck's Pulitzer prize-winning best-seller, is a typical MGM "prestige" literary adaptation, honoring Luise Rainer with a second (undeserved) Best Actress Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gorgeously photographed, beautifully acted."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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