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The Constant Gardener Reviews

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September 1, 2009
An offensively condescending tourist's eye
August 30, 2005
Unbalanced... disingenuous... cares no more about Africa than do the story's evil villains at a make-believe drug company.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
August 25, 2005
Fiennes cries (again) playing a boob diplomat with a wife who is jeopardizing his career and her life. You won't care.
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August 30, 2005
A wildly determined piece of cinema, Gardener ultimately takes on way too much and topples, though very admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 8, 2007
The pornography of Third World damage and suffering for the popcorn munching voyeuristic entertainment of more economically cozy moviegoers.
August 31, 2005
Fiennes alone drums up enough support to keep viewers from leaving the theater, but Meirelles can't find a decent pace for the overall film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2005
The Constant Gardener doesn't self-destruct, implode or fall to pieces the way other movies do when they end badly. It just loses its form and drifts away.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2005
As its taciturn title might suggest, The Constant Gardener could have used a major injection of forcefulness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 31, 2005
The outcome seems rushed and predestined, rather than exposed.
Full Review | Original Score: '2/5'
October 12, 2005
The political ambitions of le Carré and ... Meirelles are quite insistent, but the story feels like a story, not like the truth-it's both far-fetched and predictable.
August 31, 2005
The Constant Gardener is more like walking past a series of paintings than watching a movie. You can admire the skill that went into work, but it never carries you along.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2005
If it sends audiences home to log on to the Amnesty International website, terrific -- but that still doesn't make it a very good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 31, 2005
Noble intentions and some lovely performances... too bad the director keeps getting in their way.
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August 31, 2005
It's interesting and absorbing enough that I can't call it a failure, but it doesn't cohere enough to qualify as a success.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 9, 2005
If Meirelles' style were any murkier, audiences would have to bring flashlights and a shovel.
August 28, 2005
Human indignation and social intent run throughout, and the heart is in the right place, but that does not spark the creature to life.
September 1, 2005
Ultimately, it offers reassurance that the rat-infested system doesn't need to be smashed, only cleansed.
Read More | Original Score: '2.5/4'
August 15, 2005
Though not as preposterously enraged as The Interpreter, the film still chooses to fan the flames of liberal guilt from a safe distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 31, 2005
The personal and the global are at frustrating odds...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 22, 2005
A lot of righteous finger wagging along the way but many punches are pulled. More stylistic bark than substantive bite.
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