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The Garden Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
May 15, 2009
A good documentary leaves the viewer wanting more. A problematic one leaves the viewer needing more.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 8, 2009
This intricate and compelling documentary paints a saddening portrait of American politics.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 7, 2009
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's plucky, powerful storytelling makes this a worthwhile experience.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 6, 2009
The Garden does a fine job of promoting the power of grassroots advocacy; in almost all other respects, however, this is nonfiction filmmaking that's nearly as dull as dirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 18, 2008
It becomes clear that a more thorough, objective and serious journalistic approach was required once the story delves into the intricacies of the property's murky history.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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