Critics' Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Dark and mushy."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Screenwriter Laura Jones ... all but exorcises the spirit of the novel."

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'A Thousand Acres'

Scene from this movie When gloomy patriarch Larry Cook announces his intention to bequeath his profitable farm to all three daughters, two of his children, Ginny and Rose, respond positively. But Caroline, the youngest, expresses her doubts without explanation. Larry flies into a rage that -- over the course of the movie -- transmogrifies into madness.

The ensuing sourness in the air leads to other family disclosures, including an emotionally debilitating family secret shared by Rose and Ginny. Other painful issues come out, including Rose’s health (she had a mastectomy), Ginny’s bizarre fidelity to her father and a seductive visitor named Jess, who sows further discord in the Cook family. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer; Jessica Lange;
Jason Robards; Jennifer Jason Leigh; Colin Firth; Keith Carradine;
Kevin Anderson; Pat Hingle
Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Filmographies: Michelle Pfeiffer; Jessica Lange;
Jason Robards; Jennifer Jason Leigh