Fireflies in the Garden

2011

Fireflies in the Garden

Critics Consensus

Despite boasting a stellar cast, Fireflies in the Garden is just tedious, dull and predictable melodrama. Instantly forgettable.

21%

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Total Count: 53

45%

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User Ratings: 45,148
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To an outsider, the Taylors are the very picture of the successful American family: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured professor on track to become university president, son Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is a prolific and well-known romance novelist, daughter Ryne (Shannon Lucio) is poised to enter a prestigious law school, and on the day we are introduced to them, matriarch Lisa (Julia Roberts) will graduate from college-decades after leaving to raise her children. But when a serious accident interrupts the celebration, the far more nuanced reality of this Midwestern family's history and relationships come to light. -- (C) Senator

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Cast

Emily Watson
as Young Jane Lawrence
Julia Roberts
as Lisa Taylor
Ryan Reynolds
as Michael Taylor
Willem Dafoe
as Charles Taylor
Carrie-Anne Moss
as Kelly Hanson
Hayden Panettiere
as Young Jane Lawrence
Cayden Boyd
as Michael Taylor
Frank Ertl
as Morgan Duncan
George Newbern
as Jimmy Lawrence
Ioan Gruffudd
as Addison Wesley
Chase Ellison
as Christopher Lawrence
Diane Perella
as Flight Attendant
Grady McCardell
as Officer #1
Brooklynn Proulx
as Leslie Lawrence
Natalie Karp
as Social Worker
Shannon Lucio
as Ryne Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Fireflies in the Garden

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Audience Reviews for Fireflies in the Garden

  • Sep 29, 2012
    I am amazed that this film didn't get a big wide release, especially with it's all star cast. It is very good. The performances are very strong especially by Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Julia Roberts. The film kind of reminded me of movies like You Can Count On Me, 2 Weeks, Moonlight Mile, The Big Chill. I definitely recommend this film, especially cause of the performances.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    Great cast. Willem Dafoe, and Ryan Reynolds, really pulled this one off well....This is what "Tree of Life' could have been, had it not decided to be "cool & artsy!" This film was much more enjoyable. Even though it dealt with issues that most people find very disturbing, I think that it was handled very well. Not a "feel good" movie by any means.....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    There is something fairly standard about "Fireflies in the Garden" while in brief moments it can hint at something much better. This is a family drama with a top notch cast that is centered around a surprisingly serious turn from Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds employs his usual charm as Michael Taylor, a young man that grew up with a difficult father. That father as played by Willem Dafoe is given more depth than simply being a movie dad who is relentlessly hateful. He has his true moments of cruelty while also understanding the love and pride he should find for his son. It is a hard relationship to document, to understand and writer/director Dennis Lee gives us no cause for the effect of Dafoe's hateful dad. While Michael is otherwise surrounded by strong females who love him dearly such as his mother (Juia Roberts) and her sister Jane (Emily Watson). The story of Michael, a published novelist who has made a living writing romance novels, is a slight bit of a disappointment to his father, a college english professor. He is returning home for his sister's college graduation when tragedy strikes and through a series of flashbacks we see Michaels memories that have inspired the current turmoil that hangs over the family. There are enough good performances here and touching moments for me to recommend this, but you will walk away feeling Lee's aspirations were bigger than his final product can warrant.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    Interesting film. A lot of big names in this. The storyline does drag out for a while. Willem Dafoe does a great job of making you hate his character.
    Sean G Super Reviewer

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