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The Constant Gardener Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 1, 2009
An offensively condescending tourist's eye
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A sad, taut, and excellent global mystery.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 3, 2007
a deeply intelligent and profoundly moral examination of a world where the political and the personal cannot ever be kept apart.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Elaborate, cynical, ambitious, eager, visually arresting, the film wants it all and gives plenty.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 8, 2007
The pornography of Third World damage and suffering for the popcorn munching voyeuristic entertainment of more economically cozy moviegoers.
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
January 20, 2007
While le Carre's narrative returns an unequivocal guilty verdict on the drug companies, the jury on Meirelles's storytelling abilities remains hung.
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
November 20, 2006
The Constant Gardener" has strengths that aren't apparent until the final credits start rolling.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 11, 2006
Fiennes does a brilliant job of communicating his character's inner turmoil through subtle facial expressions and inflections of his voice.
| Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 10, 2006
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Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 7, 2006
Admirably composed, even if it ultimately feels a bit of a shame that it all has to come down to good guys and bad guys.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Serious, topical filmmaking of a very high order.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 19, 2006
It's the artiest conspiracy theory movie in a while, not too pulpy or too auteurish, but just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 14, 2006
Interesting but flawed examination of multinational corporation criminality
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2006
A timely, daring movie that skillfully weaves the corruption of big government and drugs--the pharmaceutical sort--deep into its equation.
| Original Score: A-
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
Fiennes and Weisz, who have worked together before in Istvan Szabo's Sunshine, make a glamorous pair. And while this may not have been the effect le Carre was after, it does no lasting damage to his theme.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 13, 2006
This multi-faceted masterpiece works successfully on more levels than any ten remakes or sequels pumped out of the habitual humdrum Hollywood hit machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 9, 2006
Finding love in the world's deadliest laboratory
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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