It just comes off a little false.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
The emotional effectiveness varies from moment to moment between not pushing too hard or simply not pulling hard enough.
There's a sense of emotional paralysis about Dennis Lee's Fireflies in the Garden.
The entire experience feels like it is leading up to a dramatic and well-needed climax, but sadly this never materialises and what we're left with is a run-of-the-mill yarn, albeit one with a stellar cast.
| Original Score: 2/5
The movie is one long argument, tiresome and repetitive, that produces more heat than light.
[A] middling effort about the fights and reconnections experienced by a family gathered due to an unexpected tragedy...
| Original Score: C+
A heavy, entertaining but slightly forgettable family drama.
| Original Score: 2/5
the only thing more false in "Fireflies in the Garden" than its flaccid melodrama is its clichéd emotional redemption.
| Original Score: D
"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.
Despite an A-list roster, the performances are universally one-note, a fact largely attributable to a script overflowing with blunt dialogue and heavy-handed symbolism.
It's not a bad film - Lee directs with subtle grace and the cast is predictably strong - but it's saddled with too many characters, not enough drama and a strong sense of overfamiliarity.
| Original Score: 2/6
A dreadful exercise in navel-gazing that resides in a particularly trite corner of Pat Conroy-ville.
Lee doesn't trust his storytelling or the audience.
Dennis Lee's sentimental drama is full of big stars and good intentions but still winds up feeling no better than a tear-jerking television soap opera.
Uneven drama about unhappy family, including tragedy.
The constant shifting between past and present is handled so badly that it adds absolutely nothing to the proceedings.
| Original Score: 1/5
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
An agonisingly sincere drama of familial dysfunction, this is notable for some very basic miscasting.
Has all the personality and forward momentum of a cardboard box.
| Original Score: 1.5/4