The Constant Gardener

2005

The Constant Gardener

Critics Consensus

The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads.

83%

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Average Rating: 3.5/5

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When a British diplomat's wife -- a socially-conscious lawyer -- turns up dead in Kenya, he sets out to find the truth surrounding her murder. In the process, he finds out that his wife had been compiling data against a multinational drug company that uses helpless Africans as guinea pigs to test a tuberculosis remedy with unfortunately fatal side effects. Therefore, those who may have had the most reason to silence her are closer to home than he ever imagined.

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Cast

Ralph Fiennes
as Justin Quayle
Rachel Weisz
as Tessa Quayle
Hubert Kounde
as Arnold Bluhm
Danny Huston
as Sandy Woodrow
Bill Nighy
as Sir Bernard Pellegrin
Packson Ngugi
as Officer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu
as Journo's Wife
Keith Pearson
as Porter Coleridge
John Sibi-Okumu
as Dr. Joshua Ngaba
Donald Sumpter
as Tim Donohue
Archie Panjabi
as Ghita Pearson
Gerard McSorley
as Sir Kenneth Curtiss
Juliet Aubrey
as Gloria Woodrow
Jacqueline Maribe
as Wanza Kiluhu
Samuel Otage
as Mustafa
Mumbi Kaigwa
as Grace Makanga
John Moller
as Athletic Unshaven Man
Andre Leenheer
as Shaven-Headed Man
Lydia M. Manyasi
as Kenyan Newsreader
Steenie Njoroge
as 1st Journalist
Stuart Wheeler
as 2nd Journalist
Chris Payne Gilbert
as Mike Mildren
Nyajima Jial
as Esmerelda
Brigid M. Kakenyi
as Hospital Administrator
Ainea Ojiambo
as Police Driver
Peter King Nzioki
as Policeman No. 1
Ng'ang'a Kirumburu
as Policeman No. 2
Ben Parker
as Det. Insp. Deasey
John Keogh
as Immigration Official
Jeffrey Caine
as Club Servant
Richard McCabe
as Arthur Hammond
Rupert Simonian
as Guido Hammond
Teresa Harder
as Birgit's Secretary
Thomas Chemnitz
as Uniformed Policeman
Eva Plackner
as Crossing Guard
Claire Simpson
as Maude Donohue
Sidede Onyulo
as Jonah Andika
Dang Wuor Dew
as Sudanese Man
Ben Gardiner
as Harry Woodrow
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Critic Reviews for The Constant Gardener

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (43)

Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.

Nov 27, 2007 | Full Review…

Fiennes and Weisz, who have worked together before in Istvan Szabo's Sunshine, make a glamorous pair. And while this may not have been the effect le Carre was after, it does no lasting damage to his theme.

Jan 17, 2006 | Full Review…

... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ...

Dec 9, 2005

There is a terrific pulse of energy in this film, a voltage which drives it over two hours.

Dec 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fiennes carries Le Carré's spirit with a slow-burning performance that operates on two fronts: As a powerful indictment of third-world abuses by pharmaceutical companies, and as a widower's moving investigation into his shattered relationship.

Sep 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken.

Sep 1, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Constant Gardener

½

Meirelles directs this taut political thriller with a remarkable control over the material in his hands and fantastic performances from his cast, and the result is a gripping, suspenseful mystery, an engaging love story and an intelligent statement on an important subject.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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"Taut political thriller" is a label that's used about a hundred times for every one film that earns it; The Constant Gardener is one worthy of the mantle. And not only is it a political story, it's a human one, too. Next to no unnecessary shots in this one, with strong acting and images that will stay with you. A good director takes on a novel by the famous thriller writer John Le Carré and the result is an excellent movie.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

By the end of this film I was really pulling my hair out. I just found it so boring and monotonous despite the best efforts of Fiennes and Weisz. It's a heart breaking story of grief and loss, but the running time dispels any tension and makes me want to switch off. Beautiful cinematography, however.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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