Big Eden Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 8, 2001
When you lay it on too thick, the audience is distracted by implausibility rather than identifying with the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 17, 2002
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.
Christopher Null
November 4, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2001
Bezucha has drained the movie not only of bigotry but also of dramatic conflict.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 2001
Gross doesn't have the spark of a star, and most everyone else seems to hail straight from central casting.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
December 13, 2002
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.
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
June 1, 2001
Except for its gay characters, Big Eden doesn't deviate from tired romantic comedies about heroes who don't know what's good for them.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 18, 2001
However well-intentioned it might be, the script is pretty much a collection of cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
June 21, 2001
In his first time out as a writer-director, Mr. Bezucha, formerly in charge of creative design for Polo/Ralph Lauren and Coach, drags his feet, pops corn and sometimes stumbles.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
July 10, 2001
There's something vaguely irresponsible about the movie's na´vetÚ.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
July 13, 2001
Bezucha demonstrates a strange genius for dragging out the inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 31, 2001
A story about characters who are so extremely closeted that their deepest feelings often remain a secret even to the audience.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 28, 2001
It is annoyingly preposterous, corny where it could be comedic, sappy where it could be uplifting.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 3, 2001
Nothing more than a small-town gay love triangle with no antagonist and very little conflict.
Brad Haynes
Orlando Weekly
November 2, 2001
Without any true motivation for this love to develop, it's hard to truly believe Bezucha's gay fairy tale.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
Other than this gay-friendly gimmick, Bezucha's plot is as hoary as they come.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Too concerned with being quirky and endearing and soon runs out of local charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 19, 2001
Personally, I found it irresistible -- not great, but definitely irresistible -- and I certainly enjoyed the company of these caring, enlightened people.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 13, 2001
A heart-affecting gay romantic drama that unabashedly celebrates community as the ideal milieu for bringing out the best in people.
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
... an innocuous fable about learning how to open oneself up to life's possibilities ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 23, 2007
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Robert Koehler
March 27, 2009
Adam Nayman
October 12, 2001
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
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Dennis Harvey
February 23, 2012

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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