(2005)

Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Entertainment Weekly
Sweet Land is a movie of extraordinary tenderness, in which Reaser and Guinee, using a language of looks, make you happy to think about what love once might have been.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Demonstrating a mastery of the medium that belies his status as a first-time feature filmmaker, writer-director Ali Selim has crafted in Sweet Land a tale of pure Americana that speaks both to the immigrant experience and the nature of love.
88
New York Post
This year's actress to watch is Elizabeth Reaser, who delivers a tour de force as a determined German mail-order bride who comes to 1920 Minnesota in Ali Selim's captivating indie Sweet Land.
88
Charlotte Observer
Top honors go to Guinee, who steadily builds his character from tiny details, and Reaser, who's understood through eyes and attitude while speaking a hodgepodge of German, Norwegian and English.
83
First-time director Ali Selim does an exceptional job throughout, his movie has the balance, uncluttered leanness and emotional impact of a Willa Cather short story, and it's no surprise that it has been nominated for Best First Feature in the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards.
75
An unusual look at love and how it can unexpectedly develop. Those for whom the concept of an arranged marriage is foreign will get a little history lesson on the immigrant experience watching this sweetly engrossing film.
75
A lovely , old-fashioned farm romance quietly doubling as a comment on immigration and American identity.
75
Chicago Tribune
The film's most memorable performance is in another supporting role, by Alan Cumming as hapless Frandsen, Olaf's sympathetic neighbor and a hopelessly inept farmer.
63
New York Daily News
Selim's script doesn't hit new territory, but beautiful cinematography takes it just far enough.
50
Mark Orton's overused fiddly score is nice enough, but can't disguise the essential emptiness of overlong scenes.

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