Hemingway's Garden of Eden Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
March 14, 2011
Sex has never felt more repellent after watching Eden, a clumsy effort of eroticism and psychological gamesmanship that's utterly devoid of structure and feeling. It's an awful picture.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
January 7, 2011
The question that occurs is not whether director Irvin hates actors but rather, how much. We can imagine him shouting to the cast: 'Once more, with less feeling. Get shallow! Can't you do worse than that?'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
December 18, 2010
In this Riviera vacation atmosphere, all sun, sand, and skin, the dialectic of opposites the film attempts to enforce instead melts down to little more than kinky foreplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
December 14, 2010
A soft-core, Jazz Age skin flick masquerading as high art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
December 10, 2010
A veteran director, the attractive lead performers and some stunning settings cannot bring credibility to this inherently stilted story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
December 10, 2010
With Hemingway pictured as a wuss and laughable acting, could this be intended as camp?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 10, 2010
Papa, they've done you wrong again, in this dreadful, miscast Hemingway adaptation.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 10, 2010
A borderline terrible movie that plays like a parody of a Hemingway story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Blake French
December 10, 2010
a sexy psychological thriller much better suited for a younger crowd than the literature buffs who may be drawn to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
December 10, 2010
It just seems like a bunch of actors playing dress-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Accomando
December 10, 2010
The acting rings false and the clothes, rooms, and locations never feel lived in. You always feel aware that you are on a movie set watching actors perform.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
December 10, 2010
Nothing will protect the audience from this dreadful film except to stay far away from the few theaters unwise enough to show it.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 10, 2010
Everybody flirts with everyone else as director John Irvin pours on a level of shopping-mall-gift-shop-kitsch that would shame Wayne Newton.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2010
Better than it might have been yet still a definite letdown, a literary B-side turned into something not awful, just forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 9, 2010
Ms. Suvari's Catherine is so extravagantly monstrous that Mr. Huston's David, who provides a desultory narration, comes across as an inert nonentity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 9, 2010
'Hemingway's Garden' of Eden will restore no luster to the celebrity writer-adventurer.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 9, 2010
The dialogue and plot in Garden Of Eden are rendered clearly and precisely, without a lot of fine shading. The result is a movie that's all surface... all silly, silly surface.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Geoff Berkshire
December 9, 2010
Flirts with camp, but stifling boredom ultimately trumps any unintentional hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ronnie Scheib
December 9, 2010
Vet British helmer John Irvin's mannered, bloodless and appallingly thesped filmization of Hemingway's posthumous novel, though unlikely to set the author rolling in his grave, may still have viewers rolling in the aisles.
Michelle Orange
December 8, 2010
This is not just lesser Hemingway; it's the worst of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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