• 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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Grae Drake
Movies.com

It just comes off a little false.

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

October 14, 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
William Goss
Film.com
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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
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

There's a sense of emotional paralysis about Dennis Lee's Fireflies in the Garden.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

October 12, 2011
Lara Martin
Digital Spy

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.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The movie is one long argument, tiresome and repetitive, that produces more heat than light.

February 13, 2008
Alison Willmore
AV Club

[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
Limara Salt
Little White Lies

A heavy, entertaining but slightly forgettable family drama.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2009
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist

the only thing more false in "Fireflies in the Garden" than its flaccid melodrama is its clichéd emotional redemption.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: D

October 12, 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
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 11, 2011
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

May 29, 2009
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
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

May 29, 2009
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
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

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
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

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
Anthony Quinn
Independent

An agonisingly sincere drama of familial dysfunction, this is notable for some very basic miscasting.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2009
Matt Pais
RedEye

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

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

October 13, 2011
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