Eden Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
August 1, 2013
Jamie Chung gives a reserved, watchful performance, but the true surprise is perpetual nice guy Beau Bridges in a nasty turn as the head trafficker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
July 24, 2013
Eden surprises by managing to paint a vivid and disturbing picture of the trafficking experience within the context of a conventional thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 21, 2013
It's chilling, convincing, matter-of-fact realism.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 19, 2013
Griffiths handles the exploitation with care, hinting at what goes on rather than rubbing our faces in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
July 19, 2013
It's based on the experiences of a real life Korean woman, Chong Kim, but you can just tell that many of the facts have been massaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 19, 2013
Harrowing true events are dramatised with surprising restraint in the low-key Eden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 18, 2013
I would have liked to know more about the criminal setup, though leaving it unexplained gives it a greater tang of evil: a very strong performance from Chung.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 18, 2013
Engaging, sharply focussed and pointedly non-exploitative sex trafficking drama with a strong script, assured direction and a terrific central performance from Jamie Chung.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 18, 2013
Props to Griffiths for proving that it only takes a very slight shift in tone and focus to give a gory old bike a set of shiny new wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 18, 2013
For half an hour, with brutish hunks abusing teens in torn clothes, we think: "Sexploitation!" Then stately, plump Beau Bridges appears, a corrupt federal marshal resembling a gone-to-girth Timothy Spall, and the story starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
July 18, 2013
Director-cowriter Megan Griffiths refuses to sensationalise the tabloid aspects of this harrowing true story about human trafficking within the USA.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 2, 2013
Cruelty, bloodletting and death are evident throughout (frequently occurring just outside the frame), and Griffith's laudable discretion actually intensifies their impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2013
Griffiths lays bare a many-tentacled trafficking system sickening in its reach.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 27, 2013
A quite moving performance comes from Jamie Chung as Eden, repulsion sliding into fearful acceptance without the extinction of hope.
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
March 25, 2013
Tackles the issue of sex slavery, but does so in a way that never feels too clumsy or overarching. Instead, it's a character study with thriller elements; it exposes you to a horrible underworld without ever beating you over the head with it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
March 22, 2013
The intimate scenes between marginalized individuals feeling out complicated relationships. . .gives unusually poignant insight into those caught up in sex trafficking.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 21, 2013
Griffiths and her screenwriter, Rick Phillips Jr., manage the tricky business of evoking the specific horrors of sex slavery without languishing in the lurid and graphic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 20, 2013
A compelling indie film inspired by a true story about a New Mexico woman who is kidnapped and forced into prostitution in a sex trade operation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Carrie
Village Voice
March 20, 2013
A few moments harp on the sentimental, but overall, this is a powerful addition to the small collection of films dedicated to spreading awareness of this horrific crime.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 19, 2013
Brave, gritty, complex and suspenseful. Jamie Chung gives the best performance of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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