The actors are all good and a few scenes -- an opening family argument, a crucial battle when Michael finally fights back -- are painfully moving.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The relationships are lived-in and complex, with the same hopelessness that we find in real life. People don't change.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: B-
A watchable but ultimately blah family drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
A thoughtful tale but it is not original enough to provide a long-lasting glow.
Consistently watchable and sometimes rather moving, although it is a rather slighter piece than the film-makers seem to think.
Doesn't really have a plot, but it cleverly traces the interrelationships in a family over several years, and really gets under the skin
The cast are uniformly good; it's all competent, but its somehow not completely satisfactory.
| Original Score: 6/10
Uneven drama about unhappy family, including tragedy.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: C
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.
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.
This locally shot weeper is unhappy in myriad ways, few of which manage to coalesce around its heart-stung core.
| Original Score: 1/5
The emotional effectiveness varies from moment to moment between not pushing too hard or simply not pulling hard enough.
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.
| Original Score: 1.0/5.0
A dreadful exercise in navel-gazing that resides in a particularly trite corner of Pat Conroy-ville.
A dispiriting rehash of dysfunctional family clichés that seems to last longer than Thanksgiving Day dinner.
| Original Score: 1/4
An unrelentingly grim drama about yet another dysfunctional family.