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Fireflies in the Garden Reviews

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October 14, 2011
It just comes off a little false.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
October 14, 2011
The emotional effectiveness varies from moment to moment between not pushing too hard or simply not pulling hard enough.
October 12, 2011
There's a sense of emotional paralysis about Dennis Lee's Fireflies in the Garden.
May 29, 2009
The entire experience feels like it is leading up to a dramatic and well-needed climax, but sadly this never materialises and what we're left with is a run-of-the-mill yarn, albeit one with a stellar cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 13, 2008
The movie is one long argument, tiresome and repetitive, that produces more heat than light.
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+
May 29, 2009
A heavy, entertaining but slightly forgettable family drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2011
the only thing more false in "Fireflies in the Garden" than its flaccid melodrama is its clichéd emotional redemption.
Read More | Original Score: D
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
October 11, 2011
Despite an A-list roster, the performances are universally one-note, a fact largely attributable to a script overflowing with blunt dialogue and heavy-handed symbolism.
May 29, 2009
It's not a bad film - Lee directs with subtle grace and the cast is predictably strong - but it's saddled with too many characters, not enough drama and a strong sense of overfamiliarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
October 14, 2011
A dreadful exercise in navel-gazing that resides in a particularly trite corner of Pat Conroy-ville.
October 13, 2011
Lee doesn't trust his storytelling or the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 29, 2009
Dennis Lee's sentimental drama is full of big stars and good intentions but still winds up feeling no better than a tear-jerking television soap opera.
February 29, 2012
Uneven drama about unhappy family, including tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
May 29, 2009
An agonisingly sincere drama of familial dysfunction, this is notable for some very basic miscasting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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