An offensively condescending tourist's eye
Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.
What it adds up to is a good yarn that uses real political concerns to make itself look beefier than the average Hollywood thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mr. Fiennes, drawing his lips inward and adding just a slight quaver to his voice, gives his finest performance in almost a decade.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
a deeply intelligent and profoundly moral examination of a world where the political and the personal cannot ever be kept apart.
Elaborate, cynical, ambitious, eager, visually arresting, the film wants it all and gives plenty.
The pornography of Third World damage and suffering for the popcorn munching voyeuristic entertainment of more economically cozy moviegoers.
While le Carre's narrative returns an unequivocal guilty verdict on the drug companies, the jury on Meirelles's storytelling abilities remains hung.
The Constant Gardener" has strengths that aren't apparent until the final credits start rolling.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
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| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Serious, topical filmmaking of a very high order.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's the artiest conspiracy theory movie in a while, not too pulpy or too auteurish, but just right.
Interesting but flawed examination of multinational corporation criminality
A timely, daring movie that skillfully weaves the corruption of big government and drugs--the pharmaceutical sort--deep into its equation.
| Original Score: A-
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.
This multi-faceted masterpiece works successfully on more levels than any ten remakes or sequels pumped out of the habitual humdrum Hollywood hit machine.
| Original Score: 10/10
Finding love in the world's deadliest laboratory
| Original Score: 3.5/5
taut, intelligent thriller that delves into the motives, good and bad, that fuel human passions or the lack thereof