A Thousand Acres
A Thousand Acres (1997)

The lives of an Iowa farmer's three daughters are shattered when he suddenly decides to bequeath them the family's fertile farm. Loosely based on Jane Smiley's Pulitzer-winning novel, which in turn is based on Shakespeare's… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 19, 1997
DVD Release Date: April 21, 1998
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Thousand Acres makes disappointingly sudsy stuff out of the source material, but benefits from solid performances by a strong cast.

David Edelstein

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.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

The story is just an empty, manipulative compilation of tragedies and misunderstandings.

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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.

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Paul Tatara

Cry, cry, cry. Hug, hug, hug. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Proof that Hollywood no longer knows how to make that former staple, the women's picture.

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Godfrey Cheshire

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.

Time Out

Robards' senile paterfamilias is, regrettably, a grave embarrassment.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It's a pretty powerful analysis of an extended family (where lifelong friends in farming are integral to the well being of a community) shot apart by power and greed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
An amazing and courageous movie. Phenomenal story plot. Here is an endearing movie that will leave you a bit teary-eyed. Great cast- Jessica Lange, Michelle… More
Audrey Lush
A story of familial dysfunction,loyalty and betrayal.Reminded me of King Lear.Stellar casr and a very good adaptation of the book.

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