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Big Eden (2001)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 18

Though unrealistic, Big Eden has all the charm and sweetness of a fairy tale.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 10

Though unrealistic, Big Eden has all the charm and sweetness of a fairy tale.



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Big Eden is a tiny town tucked away in the timberland of northwestern Montana, where cowboys lounge on the porch of the general store to pass the time away, and keep their eyes on things. Although it's been years since he was back, Henry Hart, a successful but lonely New York artist, returns to Big Eden, the town of his childhood, to care for the ailing grandfather who raised him. Once home, Henry finds he must come to terms with his relationship to Dean Stewart, his best friend from high


Drama, Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy

Thomas Bezucha

Apr 30, 2002

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (18) | DVD (1)

Too concerned with being quirky and endearing and soon runs out of local charm.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Other than this gay-friendly gimmick, Bezucha's plot is as hoary as they come.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
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Echoes the mellow sensibilities of the TV series Northern Exposure.

November 16, 2001
Washington Post
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Gross doesn't have the spark of a star, and most everyone else seems to hail straight from central casting.

October 18, 2001 | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It is annoyingly preposterous, corny where it could be comedic, sappy where it could be uplifting.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A story about characters who are so extremely closeted that their deepest feelings often remain a secret even to the audience.

August 31, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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Um belo elenco em uma fantasia açucaradamente otimista que, criada pelo diretor-roteirista Bezucha, é um sonho de respeito de tolerância. E, por isso mesmo, agradável de assistir.

April 25, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Lackluster at 24 frames per second, Writer/Director Thomas Bezucha's debut film, "Big Eden" is another love story about falling in love with the wrong guy, all the while not realizing the right guy is in love with you.

December 13, 2002 Full Review
Pasadena Weekly

Big Eden focuses on relationships and creates a feel good fable that you won't find in ordinary Montana life.

February 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

The characterizations are nifty, but writer/director Thomas Bezucha's stodgy direction holds the story back; there's often a sense that the camera is missing the actors' best work.

January 17, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

In an age when self-acceptance and taking a hold of one's destiny is more relevant than ever, Big Eden may be the right inspirational movie for our evolving times.

November 2, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Surely one of the most genuinely sweet-natured movies around.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Without any true motivation for this love to develop, it's hard to truly believe Bezucha's gay fairy tale.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Personally, I found it irresistible -- not great, but definitely irresistible -- and I certainly enjoyed the company of these caring, enlightened people.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Much here is charming, if not exactly plausible.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Nothing more than a small-town gay love triangle with no antagonist and very little conflict.

October 3, 2001 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

...a funny coming-of-age romantic romp set in the Montana timberwoods, a thousand miles from nowhere.... A sure fire audience pleaser.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

This may be a date movie with enough quiet charm to appeal to anybody, straight, gay or, like Dean, undecided.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Big Eden has a simple enough plot, but first-time writer-director Thomas Bezucha has endowed it with the twinkly winsomeness of a fairy tale.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A heart-affecting gay romantic drama that unabashedly celebrates community as the ideal milieu for bringing out the best in people.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Big Eden

Beautifully acted and directed LGBT movie with an uplifting script. Highly recommended.
June 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

I kinda love this movie. I liked that just because it envolves a gay man, the whole movie didn't have to dumb itself down or overwhelm itself with having to be a gay movie. His grandfather has a heart attack and so he goes back home. It's not stereotypical and I genuinely enjoyed that as a movie. They also avoided stereotypes about small towns which you almost never see! A nice, well-made movie.
September 23, 2009

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