Eden Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 22, 2013
Nearly every second is taken up with the horrors inflicted upon the heroine by the sorriest bunch of good ol' boy sadists since "Deliverance."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Neil Alcock
Empire Magazine
July 15, 2013
A frustratingly mild interpretation of a horrific true-life incident.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Winning
Total Film
July 9, 2013
Director Megan Griffiths wastes a great villain and settles for easy answers in a watchable but by-numbers thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
March 20, 2013
There should be more to chew on with a story as horrific as this, yet writer/director Megan Griffiths isn't interested in the crucial details of decay, robbing the film of necessary motivations and a lasting welt of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Fear
Time Out
March 19, 2013
Once bodies start piling up to a generic indie-twang score and plot turns head south of ludicrous, Eden's goodwill dissipates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 22, 2013
Tackling the most lurid of subjects, this schlocky shocker proves that sometimes female directors can be as exploitative as men.
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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.
Jamie S. Rich
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
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2013
The "male gaze" that often despicably and hypocritically surfaces in these kinds of films is pointedly absent throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
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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Jordan Hoffman
March 19, 2013
A unique and thought provoking picture on a subject that ought to send you into a good old fashioned blood-boiling rage.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Drew McWeeny
March 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rich Cline
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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