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Eden (2008)

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75

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

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47

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Breda and Billy Farrell are a seemingly happy, normal couple approaching their tenth anniversary. In private, however, their marriage shows signs of strain. As Billy begins to obsess over a younger woman, Breda desperately searches for a way to preserve their bond.

Unrated,

Drama, Animation

Eugene O'Brien

Feb 24, 2009

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (7)

Although its low-key realism is admirable, Eden doesn't really work.

December 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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To say it is bleak is an understatement. But it will make a lot of people reassess their marriages and decide that, in comparison, they're not so bad after all.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Walsh and Kelly are the embodiment of domestic despair, fumbling to find their way back into the light.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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As drama, it's a chore.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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This portrait of an imploding marriage is remarkable for every reason that counts in a good film.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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An Irish indie that is well-observed and well-acted -- but ultimately, not much more exciting than the love lives of its lead characters.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The sweet sadness of it rises through the banter like a mist. It's something to take home with you.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Declan Reck has made a character-driven drama that plays with stereotpyical elements of marriage movies like infidelity and ennui but makes them feel completely genuine.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Eden is a sad, nicely observed study of a decade-old marriage that, for the most part, is over.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

The kind of small movie that's all too easy to overlook, but even easier to like once you've seen it.

November 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Despite the fine performances, it might have been a better idea just to leave this one to the theatre where it was probably better suited.

November 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

like channeling Mike Leigh or John Cassavetes in bringing this marital drama to the screen.

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Recks has a talent for getting the feel of an entire community...but the story of a marriage in crisis goes off the rails in its final act.

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Seemingly in an effort to make up for O'Brien's anemic script, Recks energizes the slow-moving tale with nonstop distracting camerawork.

November 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A story of a psychological phenomenon that might be prevalent in lots of marriages, but an unenlightened approach makes for an unlikely Eden.

October 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
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