An offensively condescending tourist's eye
Unbalanced... disingenuous... cares no more about Africa than do the story's evil villains at a make-believe drug company.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Fiennes cries (again) playing a boob diplomat with a wife who is jeopardizing his career and her life. You won't care.
A wildly determined piece of cinema, Gardener ultimately takes on way too much and topples, though very admirably.
| Original Score: C-
The pornography of Third World damage and suffering for the popcorn munching voyeuristic entertainment of more economically cozy moviegoers.
Fiennes alone drums up enough support to keep viewers from leaving the theater, but Meirelles can't find a decent pace for the overall film.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Constant Gardener doesn't self-destruct, implode or fall to pieces the way other movies do when they end badly. It just loses its form and drifts away.
| Original Score: 2/4
As its taciturn title might suggest, The Constant Gardener could have used a major injection of forcefulness.
| Original Score: C+
The outcome seems rushed and predestined, rather than exposed.
| Original Score: '2/5'
The political ambitions of le Carré and ... Meirelles are quite insistent, but the story feels like a story, not like the truth-it's both far-fetched and predictable.
The Constant Gardener is more like walking past a series of paintings than watching a movie. You can admire the skill that went into work, but it never carries you along.
| Original Score: 3/5
If it sends audiences home to log on to the Amnesty International website, terrific -- but that still doesn't make it a very good movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Noble intentions and some lovely performances... too bad the director keeps getting in their way.
It's interesting and absorbing enough that I can't call it a failure, but it doesn't cohere enough to qualify as a success.
If Meirelles' style were any murkier, audiences would have to bring flashlights and a shovel.
Human indignation and social intent run throughout, and the heart is in the right place, but that does not spark the creature to life.
Ultimately, it offers reassurance that the rat-infested system doesn't need to be smashed, only cleansed.
| Original Score: '2.5/4'
Though not as preposterously enraged as The Interpreter, the film still chooses to fan the flames of liberal guilt from a safe distance.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The personal and the global are at frustrating odds...
A lot of righteous finger wagging along the way but many punches are pulled. More stylistic bark than substantive bite.
Fiennes has always been good, but in author John le Carré's 2000 postimperial African thriller, he may have found his signature role.