• 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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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
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
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
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

A watchable but ultimately blah family drama.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2009
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

It may be both both melancholy and intense but it packs an emotional jolt as the prodigal son reaches an understanding - if not a full-blown reunion - with his crotchety old man.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2009
Neil Smith
Total Film

An impressive ensemble lends heft and humour to this sprawling potboiler. Watchable if never truly memorable, it's a mid-range work for most involved that still affords the odd guilty pleasure.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2009

Sun Online

A thoughtful tale but it is not original enough to provide a long-lasting glow.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2009
Karl French
Financial Times

Consistently watchable and sometimes rather moving, although it is a rather slighter piece than the film-makers seem to think.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Doesn't really have a plot, but it cleverly traces the interrelationships in a family over several years, and really gets under the skin

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

May 28, 2009
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK

The cast are uniformly good; it's all competent, but its somehow not completely satisfactory.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 6/10

February 10, 2008
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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

February 18, 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
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
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