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Greenfingers (2001)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 37

Greenfingers follows the British feel-good formula of underdogs somehow beating the odds, adding nothing new to this already saturated genre.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 17

Greenfingers follows the British feel-good formula of underdogs somehow beating the odds, adding nothing new to this already saturated genre.



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Colin Briggs is a man who has given up on life. Nearing the end of a long sentence for murder, Colin is transferred to Edgefield, a minimum-security prison in the Cotswolds. Once there, Colin meets Fergus Wilks, an eccentric "lifer" who gives Colin an unwanted packet of seeds as a Christmas present. He begrudgingly plants the seeds in Edgefield's hard, infertile soil and, much to both men's surprise; the seeds flourish along with the two men's friendship. Impressed by the sight of the blooming


Drama, Comedy

Joel Hershman

Jan 2, 2002

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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (37) | DVD (6)

As synthetic as a rubber rose.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Can be cute, and even heartwarming at times. But all too often, it's nearly insufferable.

October 9, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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It's just too bad the intended charm is applied with a shovel instead of a trowel. Romantic comedy is a delicate flower that can be smothered by too much fertilizer.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Pleasant, mildly uplifting entertainment.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Too contrived for its own good and it feels as artificial as a bouquet of plastic pansies.

August 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Succeeds in capturing the movement of a soul from hopelessness to humanity.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lacks dramatic credibility despite being a true story.

September 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A irresistível simpatia dos personagens eleva o filme a um outro nível de interesse.

November 3, 2003
Cinema em Cena

There are many reasons to see GREENFINGERS. . . top of the list of reasons has to be its star, Clive Owen, a toothsome morsel of manflesh . . .

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Greenfingers zips along at an agreeable pace and is full of colorfully engaging characters...

November 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Greenfingers could have been such a load of garden manure, had it not been for some earthy direction, clever casting and very good writing.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

"Greenfingers" turns out to be all thumbs.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

We've been here before, and on more than one occasion.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

I was charmed and laughed at spots, but mostly I saw points where the story needed to take a turn to keep me interested.

September 23, 2001 Full Review

For all his good intentions, the film is as drab and colorless as the cinderblock walls of the inmates' rooms.

September 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Greenfingers is by no means a poor film, mainly frustratingly pleasant, with any depth that could be applied to the redemption of a murderer cast aside to well-worn and all too familiar genre staples.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

It's hard not to be charmed by scenes like the one in which Briggs gives his posies a little pep talk.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Greenfingers is choked with the cliches that represent the Britcom at its most cloying and under-fertilized in the areas that elevate the best of them.

August 31, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Owen shows once again that he's an extremely watchable actor, and the entire crew make an effortless show of navigating the script's choppy passages and, well, turning a briar patch into an Eden.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

With its unforced comedy and low-key romantic subplots, it's as sweet and touching as the first morning glory of the season.

August 30, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Not a breath of fresh air or originality comes through.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Greenfingers

Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Danny Dyer, Warren Clarke ? sounds like a pretty good line up of Actors, yet this story is so ridiculous, it has to be true!! Having only caught the film just a little way in, there was hope that this could turn into a pretty good film, unfortunately that wasn't the case and I have to say, I can't believe that such a cast would have associated themselves with such a silly film, this should have been a one off TV Drama.
June 13, 2009

Super Reviewer

i like this film it was amusing and a pretty good storyline the performances were god and its worth a watch
April 14, 2009
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Silly and sweet. Nothing more and nothing less than what it intends to be.
December 29, 2008

Super Reviewer

A delightful, warm-hearted and wonderful movie. A great and magnificent surprise. A fun, riveting and extroadinary film. Has it's serious moments mixed in with some feel-good humor. Clive Owen is excellent. David Kelly is brilliant.
December 9, 2007

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    1. Georgina Woodhouse: That's what I like about plants. They don't answer back.
    – Submitted by Frances H (50 days ago)
    1. Fergus Wilks: We've been prisoners long enough. Let's be gardeners.
    – Submitted by Frances H (51 days ago)
    1. Fergus Wilks: Adversity is your ally, colin. Make friends with your misfortunes. Otherwise you'll always be angry.
    – Submitted by Frances H (51 days ago)
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