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  • Summary: Set amongst the rolling hills and farmlands of rural Wisconsin during the 1940's, Red Betsy tells the story and paints a lyrical portrait of a close-knit Midwestern family dealing with loss, change, and social progress during a pivotal time in American history. (Lang Films)
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  1. 75
    The movie sees World War II and the following years through the eyes of those who went away and those who stayed at home, and it tells one small true story that represents the incalculable effect of the war.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    The period details are more accurate than in many Hollywood features, and Boebel, a native of Wisconsin, understands his midwestern characters, especially their resourcefulness and stoic resolve.
  3. 50
    Though Burmester and Elliott make able sparring partners, Red Betsy literally succumbs to an on-the-nose staging of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol,” with the old man cast as the model for Scrooge in a school play.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    In between all the sentimental (i.e. corny) mumbo-jumbo is a potentially fascinating subplot.
  5. Negotiating the role of a forward-thinking woman constrained by family demands and era, Elliott elevates a picture that's lovely to look at but lacking in dramatic impact.
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