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The Garden Reviews

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March 2, 2011
an interesting film simply for the complexity of this issue
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2009
The Garden moves beyond the feel good facet of any apparent ending to show how stark, stupid reality can rip said victory away. It won't make sense - none of these 'us vs. them' situations ever do - but it does create compelling cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 12, 2009
Likely to grab your heart and incite your passions.
Read More | Original Score: A-
May 28, 2009
[Director Kennedy] lets his subjects tell their tales in their own words. And that's what really makes the film interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2009
A compelling, inspirational, provocative and thoroughly engrossing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.45/10
May 8, 2009
[Director] Hamilton captures the heart-wrenching devastation done in the name of profit, as citizens mourn. Incredibly effecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 8, 2009
A compelling documentary about an urban garden collective and their fight for justice in a nation where poor people are expected to keep quiet and not speak truth to power.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 8, 2009
This intricate and compelling documentary paints a saddening portrait of American politics.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 8, 2009
The documentary digs deep into the racial and monetary problems of a tumultuous, melting-pot community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2009
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's plucky, powerful storytelling makes this a worthwhile experience.
May 6, 2009
A political documentary that is as lovingly developed as the garden cared for by poor immigrants.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 6, 2009
A heartbreaking documentary which landed a well-deserved Oscar-nomination for its touching portrayal of Spanish-speaking salt-of-the-earth who find it hard to fathom that the legal system could possibly side with a crook out to flatten the fruit of their
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 1, 2009
A documentary about fighting city hall, the empty promises of politicians, backroom deals, small victories over the Man and the cost paid by a handful of farmers who endured all of the above. Imagine if John Steinbeck rewrote the script for
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2009
An infuriatingly clear-eyed documentary...suspenseful and moving, a film that keeps you guessing (and hoping) right up until the conclusion.
April 23, 2009
Presents a classic story of the little guy taking on The Man with both thrilling and frustrating results.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 3, 2009
A beautiful portrait of a unique downtown LA community of poor Mexican-Americans who've turned urban blight into a marvelous garden and fight a developer determined to shut them down. A moving, inspiring documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 22, 2008
It's tempting to call The Garden a story of innocence and experience, of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and an excellent doc that does them full justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 21, 2009
Justice and Corruption and Profit are abstractions, and film is so ill suited to deal with abstractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 15, 2009
A good documentary leaves the viewer wanting more. A problematic one leaves the viewer needing more.
May 8, 2009
The Garden is an especially fatuous documentary, nominated for an Oscar this year, about a community garden in South Central LA where Latino farmers have been allowed to grow food on somebody else's land.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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