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Fireflies in the Garden Reviews

February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
October 14, 2011
The emotional effectiveness varies from moment to moment between not pushing too hard or simply not pulling hard enough.
October 14, 2011
A dreadful exercise in navel-gazing that resides in a particularly trite corner of Pat Conroy-ville.
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
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
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
October 13, 2011
Lee doesn't trust his storytelling or the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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 13, 2011
[A] middling effort about the fights and reconnections experienced by a family gathered due to an unexpected tragedy...
Read More | Original Score: C+
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 11, 2011
It's a tragedy, in all of the wrong ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
February 13, 2008
The movie is one long argument, tiresome and repetitive, that produces more heat than light.
February 12, 2008
Despite the mega-wattage of pic's starry cast, theatrical prospects seem dim for this clumsy melodrama, which looks and sounds no better than an average made-for-cabler.