The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

It's advisable to know from the beginning of The Milagro Beanfield War that "milagro" is the Spanish word for "miracle." The scene is a rundown Hispanic community in New Mexico, bordering a posh housing development.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 18, 1988
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Arguably Robert Redford's most inchoate work, The Milagro Beanfield War has plenty of beautiful moments, but they don't quite add up to a worthwhile whole.

Variety Staff

Redford and company have put a quirky twist on the material, investing it with a quasi-mystical aspect as well as some raw comedy.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film is very big on sunsets and sunrises. It also has a touristy appreciation for all manner of things folkloric. What it doesn't have is dramatic coherence or backbone.

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This is probably Redford's most complex and cleverly structured directorial effort.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Fairly choked with good intentions, whimsy, touches of fantasy, and cardboard liberal stereotypes.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Corny, you bet. But that's to be admired in an old war horse on the last frontier.

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TV Guide

Pokes gently at the funny bone and is sympathetic without becoming sentimental.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Redford's film sustains a slow mood of simpatico amiability and photographs the landscape with moony or golden washes that are perhaps hard to dislike, but is slain by its adherence to an outdated populist mythology.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If Redford had left out a few of the waffling, undecided characters and drawn his dramatic lines more strongly, the film might have been a lot more powerful.

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Christopher Null

Who'd of thought that a battle over water rights would make for such an interesting tale?

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Preachy but well acted. Redford at times is more concentrated on the message rather than allowing the film to put that forward naturally.
Leo L
Great movie by Robert Redford, Sonia Braga is phenomenal!