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The Constant Gardener Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 1, 2009
An offensively condescending tourist's eye
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com
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
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
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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Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
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-
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 8, 2007
The pornography of Third World damage and suffering for the popcorn munching voyeuristic entertainment of more economically cozy moviegoers.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
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+
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 31, 2005
The outcome seems rushed and predestined, rather than exposed.
Full Review | Original Score: '2/5'
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
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.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 31, 2005
Noble intentions and some lovely performances... too bad the director keeps getting in their way.
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Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 9, 2005
If Meirelles' style were any murkier, audiences would have to bring flashlights and a shovel.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 1, 2005
Ultimately, it offers reassurance that the rat-infested system doesn't need to be smashed, only cleansed.
| Original Score: '2.5/4'
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
August 31, 2005
The personal and the global are at frustrating odds...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nathaniel Rogers
CineScene.com
November 22, 2005
A lot of righteous finger wagging along the way but many punches are pulled. More stylistic bark than substantive bite.
Mark Harris
Georgia Straight
August 28, 2005

Boston Phoenix
August 27, 2005
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