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Based on 19 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Selim's script doesn't hit new territory, but beautiful cinematography takes it just far enough. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt 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. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick 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. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman 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. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington 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. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    A lovely , old-fashioned farm romance quietly doubling as a comment on immigration and American identity. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Mark Orton's overused fiddly score is nice enough, but can't disguise the essential emptiness of overlong scenes. show more

  • 100
    Owen Gleiberman 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. show more

  • 83
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    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. show more

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