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Fireflies in the Garden Reviews

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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
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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
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-
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
June 2, 2009
A watchable but ultimately blah family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
May 29, 2009
It may be both both melancholy and intense but it packs an emotional jolt as the prodigal son reaches an understanding - if not a full-blown reunion - with his crotchety old man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
May 29, 2009
An impressive ensemble lends heft and humour to this sprawling potboiler. Watchable if never truly memorable, it's a mid-range work for most involved that still affords the odd guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

The Sun (UK)
May 29, 2009
A thoughtful tale but it is not original enough to provide a long-lasting glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Karl French
Financial Times
May 29, 2009
Consistently watchable and sometimes rather moving, although it is a rather slighter piece than the film-makers seem to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 28, 2009
Doesn't really have a plot, but it cleverly traces the interrelationships in a family over several years, and really gets under the skin
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
February 10, 2008
The cast are uniformly good; it's all competent, but its somehow not completely satisfactory.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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
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