Sweet Land Synopsis
Residents of a 1920s Minnesota farming community are suspicious of a German mail-order bride.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Sweet Land is a movie of extraordinary tenderness, in which Reaser and Guinee, using a language of looks, make you happy to think about...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Demonstrating a mastery of the medium that belies his status as a first-time feature filmmaker, writer-director Ali Selim has crafted in...
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Top honors go to Guinee, who steadily builds his character from tiny details, and Reaser, who's understood through eyes and attitude while...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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...
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
First-time director Ali Selim does an exceptional job throughout, his movie has the balance, uncluttered leanness and emotional impact of a...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A lovely , old-fashioned farm romance quietly doubling as a comment on immigration and American identity.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
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...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The film's most memorable performance is in another supporting role, by Alan Cumming as hapless Frandsen, Olaf's sympathetic neighbor and a...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Selim's script doesn't hit new territory, but beautiful cinematography takes it just far enough.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Mark Orton's overused fiddly score is nice enough, but can't disguise the essential emptiness of overlong scenes.
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A well told story with amazing scenery

By seattle movie girl
In Sweet Land the story unfolds in tune with the Midwestern scenery of the movie and the actors are allowed time to convey their characters not just through words, but by subtle motions and facial...

Sentimental in the extreme

By Starman51
Great couples movie. Evokes a tie to the land and a time of tight knit communities (both the good and the bad) and the challenges of being a stranger in a strange land that most of us have either...

A Beautiful Movie!

By lordoftheringsgeek
I absolutely adored this movie! It was funny, touching, and thought provoking. It's also probably the most realistic love story I've ever seen, and that's rather ironic, considering it involves a...


By carolsr
no gratuitous violence or sex or cursing. I'm not a prude but it gets so boring and formulaic sometimes. This was a refreshing movie about emotions, relationships and moxie. I loved it!...


By lilskater9
o hell no...

A sweet romance

By woodsywwu
This heartfelt film was not one of those "movie" romances, but felt more like a real love story. Even my boyfriend enjoyed it. The cinematography was beautiful and the acting was magnificant. A "must...

relax and enjoy

By matineefreak
There is much to appreciate about this movie. As often happens in real life, the relationships evolve slowly over time, and the deliberate pace of events and character development are refreshing. The...

SweetLand-you wont forget it!

By Hugo_guy
I went to this movie after hearing a John Heard interview on the radio. This was the best movie I've seen all year!! It should receive Oscars at many levels for the writing, performance,...

"Sweet Land" makes for sweet viewing

By cinemagregster
A Tender and Touching love story involving a German mail-order bride trying to adapt to the lifestyle and cultures of a well-guarded Scandanavian community. With barely the clothes on her back and a...

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Rated PG | For Brief Partial Nudity and Mild Language