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Fireflies in the Garden Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
February 29, 2012
Uneven drama about unhappy family, including tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 20, 2011
This histrionic family drama must have looked good on paper to attract such a big-name cast, but on the screen it comes off as glib, rushed, and underdeveloped.
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 14, 2011
Julia Roberts plays ultra-sensitive artiste Ryan Reynolds' noble mother-and that should basically tell you all you need to know about this misguided soapy bunch of bollocks which somehow made its way off the shelf into theatres.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 14, 2011
This locally shot weeper is unhappy in myriad ways, few of which manage to coalesce around its heart-stung core.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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William Goss
Film.com
October 14, 2011
The emotional effectiveness varies from moment to moment between not pushing too hard or simply not pulling hard enough.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
October 14, 2011
This stale drama is finally getting a limited release and will prove just how limited it is to the poor saps who pay to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5.0
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 14, 2011
A dreadful exercise in navel-gazing that resides in a particularly trite corner of Pat Conroy-ville.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 14, 2011
A dispiriting rehash of dysfunctional family clichés that seems to last longer than Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 14, 2011
The actors are all good and a few scenes -- an opening family argument, a crucial battle when Michael finally fights back -- are painfully moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 14, 2011
An unrelentingly grim drama about yet another dysfunctional family.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dave White
Movies.com
October 14, 2011
Just when you're hitting your tolerance breaking point for these people and their nonstop bellyaching and yelling and baffling hatred for one another, the equally baffling reconciliation kicks in. What just happened?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
October 14, 2011
It just comes off a little false.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
October 14, 2011
The constant shifting between past and present is handled so badly that it adds absolutely nothing to the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2011
The relationships are lived-in and complex, with the same hopelessness that we find in real life. People don't change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 13, 2011
Lee doesn't trust his storytelling or the audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2011
"Fireflies" is probably too convoluted to pave the way for more roles of this sort, but watching Reynolds get inside Michael's pain, you hope it won't be long until something will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 13, 2011
Those who naturally gravitate to this syrupy genre shouldn't be disappointed, as Fireflies in the Garden is consistent with tender moments and agonized recollections.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Pais
RedEye
October 13, 2011
Has all the personality and forward momentum of a cardboard box.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
October 13, 2011
[A] middling effort about the fights and reconnections experienced by a family gathered due to an unexpected tragedy...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2011
A fraught family drama that shows us the same family in past and present, 22 years apart. It might have been more effective if it had followed a chronological order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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