Earthwork (2011)

EARTHWORK is the true story of real-life crop artist Stan Herd (played by Oscar nominee and Spirit Award Winner for "Winter's Bone" John Hawkes, in his first starring role), told through a single episode of his life. In 1994,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 29, 2011
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The story has dramatic reversals, humor, suspense and plenty of colorful, eccentric characters.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

John Hawkes brings a laconic soulfulness to this ultra-low-key, only mildly involving tale of artistic pursuit.

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Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

While we're grateful for Ordal's introduction to this atypical artist, the film's focus on the sentimental side of the story is at the expense of showing us enough of his terrestrial achievements.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

"Earthwork" takes an unexpected swerve but one that adds layers of meaning and emotion to a film that is as beautiful and wrenching as it is unassuming.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Directed, written and produced by Chris Ordal, "Earthwork" is best left to TV.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hawkes is finally getting the great roles he has long deserved.

Ronnie Scheib

Character actor John Hawkes, his rural demeanor tailor-made for hick pics, breaks through typecasting stereotypes in his nuanced portrayal of crop artist Stan Herd in Chris Ordal's ambitious Earthwork.

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Ian Buckwalter

Earthwork's narrative follows too-familiar templates, and its characters lack the careful detail of Herd's own art.

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Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine

It's a rare film that makes viewers love a fellow who takes needless chances.

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