The Constant Gardener (2005)



Critic Consensus: The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads.

Movie Info

When a British diplomat's wife -- a socially-conscious lawyer -- turns up dead in Kenya, he sets out to find the truth surrounding her murder. In the process, he finds out that his wife had been compiling data against a multinational drug company that uses helpless Africans as guinea pigs to test a tuberculosis remedy with unfortunately fatal side effects. Therefore, those who may have had the most reason to silence her are closer to home than he ever imagined.

Rating: R (for language, some violent images and sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Caine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 10, 2006
Box Office: $33.6M
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as Justin Quayle

as Tessa Quayle

as Arnold Bluhm

as Sandy Woodrow

as Sir Bernard Pellegri...

as Officer in Morgue

as Porter Coleridge

as Dr. Joshua Ngaba

as Tim Donohue

as Ghita Pearson

as Sir Kenneth Curtiss

as Gloria Woodrow

as Wanza Kiluhu

as Mustafa

as Grace Makanga

as Athletic Unshaven Ma...

as Shaven-Headed Man

as Kenyan Newsreader

as 1st Journalist

as 2nd Journalist

as Mike Mildren

as Esmerelda

as Hospital Administrat...

as Police Driver

as Policeman No. 1

as Policeman No. 2

as Det. Insp. Deasey

as Immigration Official

as Club Servant

as Arthur Hammond

as Guido Hammond

as Birgit's Secretary

as Uniformed Policeman

as Crossing Guard

as Maude Donohue

as Jonah Andika

as Sudanese Man

as Harry Woodrow
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Critic Reviews for The Constant Gardener

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (41)

Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ...

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

An offensively condescending tourist's eye

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

A sad, taut, and excellent global mystery.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

What it adds up to is a good yarn that uses real political concerns to make itself look beefier than the average Hollywood thriller.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

Mr. Fiennes, drawing his lips inward and adding just a slight quaver to his voice, gives his finest performance in almost a decade.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
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Super Reviewer

"Taut political thriller" is a label that's used about a hundred times for every one film that earns it; The Constant Gardener is one worthy of the mantle. And not only is it a political story, it's a human one, too. Next to no unnecessary shots in this one, with strong acting and images that will stay with you. A good director takes on a novel by the famous thriller writer John Le Carré and the result is an excellent movie.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

By the end of this film I was really pulling my hair out. I just found it so boring and monotonous despite the best efforts of Fiennes and Weisz. It's a heart breaking story of grief and loss, but the running time dispels any tension and makes me want to switch off. Beautiful cinematography, however.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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