The Garden Reviews

December 7, 2018
It's easy to tell what side the filmmaker takes, which leads to unanswered questions... [Director Scott Hamilton] Kennedy's compelling documentary is quite thorough otherwise.
August 22, 2017
If ever there was a micro/macro analogy for the mess we're in with this beaten down old planet, Scott Hamilton Kennedy's film about the farm in South Central L.A. is as good as it gets.
March 2, 2011
an interesting film simply for the complexity of this issue
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.
June 12, 2009
Likely to grab your heart and incite your passions.
May 28, 2009
[Director Kennedy] lets his subjects tell their tales in their own words. And that's what really makes the film interesting.
May 10, 2009
A compelling, inspirational, provocative and thoroughly engrossing documentary.
May 8, 2009
[Director] Hamilton captures the heart-wrenching devastation done in the name of profit, as citizens mourn. Incredibly effecting.
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.
May 8, 2009
This intricate and compelling documentary paints a saddening portrait of American politics.
May 8, 2009
The documentary digs deep into the racial and monetary problems of a tumultuous, melting-pot community.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.