The Constant Gardener Reviews

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November 7, 2019
Ever respectful of the le Carre book, Meirelles' vision and Jeffrey Caine's script make for a work that successfully blends suspense, romance, politics and social consciousness...
June 5, 2019
A political conspiracy thriller of the highest order.
August 21, 2018
Where the film most improves on the book is in its treatment of the main characters. Fiennes and Weisz portray the relationship between Tessa and Justin as touching and believable, something the book fails to do.
January 25, 2018
The result feels schizophrenic: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold Remedy.
September 1, 2009
An offensively condescending tourist's eye
April 29, 2009
A sad, taut, and excellent global mystery.
November 27, 2007
Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.
July 30, 2007
What it adds up to is a good yarn that uses real political concerns to make itself look beefier than the average Hollywood thriller.
July 14, 2007
Mr. Fiennes, drawing his lips inward and adding just a slight quaver to his voice, gives his finest performance in almost a decade.
July 3, 2007
a deeply intelligent and profoundly moral examination of a world where the political and the personal cannot ever be kept apart.
May 7, 2007
March 1, 2007
Elaborate, cynical, ambitious, eager, visually arresting, the film wants it all and gives plenty.
February 8, 2007
The pornography of Third World damage and suffering for the popcorn munching voyeuristic entertainment of more economically cozy moviegoers.
January 20, 2007
While le Carre's narrative returns an unequivocal guilty verdict on the drug companies, the jury on Meirelles's storytelling abilities remains hung.
November 20, 2006
The Constant Gardener" has strengths that aren't apparent until the final credits start rolling.
September 11, 2006
Fiennes does a brilliant job of communicating his character's inner turmoil through subtle facial expressions and inflections of his voice.
September 10, 2006
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August 7, 2006
Admirably composed, even if it ultimately feels a bit of a shame that it all has to come down to good guys and bad guys.
April 1, 2006
Serious, topical filmmaking of a very high order.
February 19, 2006
It's the artiest conspiracy theory movie in a while, not too pulpy or too auteurish, but just right.
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