• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Dennis Lee
    In Theaters:
    Oct 14, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 7, 2012
  • Senator Entertainment


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Fireflies in the Garden Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Uneven drama about unhappy family, including tragedy.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

February 29, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This histrionic family drama must have looked good on paper to attract such a big-name cast, but on the screen it comes off as glib, rushed, and underdeveloped.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 20, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

Julia Roberts plays ultra-sensitive artiste Ryan Reynolds' noble mother-and that should basically tell you all you need to know about this misguided soapy bunch of bollocks which somehow made its way off the shelf into theatres.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 14, 2011
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

This locally shot weeper is unhappy in myriad ways, few of which manage to coalesce around its heart-stung core.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

October 14, 2011
William Goss
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The emotional effectiveness varies from moment to moment between not pushing too hard or simply not pulling hard enough.

Full Review Source: Film.com

October 14, 2011
Brian Tallerico

This stale drama is finally getting a limited release and will prove just how limited it is to the poor saps who pay to see it.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 1.0/5.0

October 14, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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A dreadful exercise in navel-gazing that resides in a particularly trite corner of Pat Conroy-ville.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

October 14, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A dispiriting rehash of dysfunctional family clichés that seems to last longer than Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

October 14, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The actors are all good and a few scenes -- an opening family argument, a crucial battle when Michael finally fights back -- are painfully moving.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 14, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An unrelentingly grim drama about yet another dysfunctional family.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 1/5

October 14, 2011
Dave White

Just when you're hitting your tolerance breaking point for these people and their nonstop bellyaching and yelling and baffling hatred for one another, the equally baffling reconciliation kicks in. What just happened?

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 0/5

October 14, 2011
Peter Sobczynski

The constant shifting between past and present is handled so badly that it adds absolutely nothing to the proceedings.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

October 14, 2011
Grae Drake

It just comes off a little false.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 14, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The relationships are lived-in and complex, with the same hopelessness that we find in real life. People don't change.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Lee doesn't trust his storytelling or the audience.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 13, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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"Fireflies" is probably too convoluted to pave the way for more roles of this sort, but watching Reynolds get inside Michael's pain, you hope it won't be long until something will.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 13, 2011
Brian Orndorf

Those who naturally gravitate to this syrupy genre shouldn't be disappointed, as Fireflies in the Garden is consistent with tender moments and agonized recollections.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B-

October 13, 2011
Matt Pais

Has all the personality and forward momentum of a cardboard box.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 13, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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[A] middling effort about the fights and reconnections experienced by a family gathered due to an unexpected tragedy...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

October 13, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A fraught family drama that shows us the same family in past and present, 22 years apart. It might have been more effective if it had followed a chronological order.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2011
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