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  • 50
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Oscar-nominee John Hawkes' convincing portrayal of real-life "crop artist" Stan Herd is the exceedingly quiet center of an exceedingly nonabrasive film that has all the dramatic energy of plants growing. show more

  • 55
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    These fleeting moments never quite overcome the sense that Earthwork's narrative follows too-familiar templates, and that its characters lack the careful detail of Herd's own art. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Earthwork is best left to TV. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The writer-director does have a wonderful eye-a shot of a tractor wheel sticking out of the Hudson River is museumworthy-but his grasp of the melodramatic could use a little more grounding. show more

  • 60
    Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine

    Writer/director Chris Ordal's debut feature is not a documentary nor is it precisely a biopic. Instead the drama captures the artist at a pivotal moment in time. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    A flawless gem, a gentle yet ultimately ironic meditation on the power of art. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Like Herd, the movie-which resists peeking above the horizon until its final, poignant skyline shot-strives for a connection with land and labor typically missing from depictions of urban life, and provides a timely model for finding value in lean circumstances and humble company. show more

  • 40
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Imagine spending an afternoon watching a bunch of vagrants putter around on an abandoned city lot, and you've pretty much nailed the viewing experience of Earthwork, a painfully dull account of a year in the life of the Kansas crop artist Stan Herd. show more

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