The Constant Gardener Reviews

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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
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.
December 16, 2005
I don't remember being thrilled even once.
November 22, 2005
A lot of righteous finger wagging along the way but many punches are pulled. More stylistic bark than substantive bite.
October 12, 2005
The political ambitions of le Carr and ... Meirelles are quite insistent, but the story feels like a story, not like the truth-it's both far-fetched and predictable.
September 9, 2005
If Meirelles' style were any murkier, audiences would have to bring flashlights and a shovel.
September 5, 2005
Not only preserves the book's flaws but has added to them...the combination of drama and soap box proves an uneasy, and ultimately unsuccessful, one.
September 1, 2005
The film is engaging, still it never connects with much more than a curiosity. The emotions run, but not deep.
September 1, 2005
Ultimately, it offers reassurance that the rat-infested system doesn't need to be smashed, only cleansed.
August 31, 2005
As its taciturn title might suggest, The Constant Gardener could have used a major injection of forcefulness.
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.
August 31, 2005
Noble intentions and some lovely performances... too bad the director keeps getting in their way.
August 31, 2005
If the personal story works better, though, it's partly to default: As a political thriller, Gardener has a few holes.
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.
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.
August 31, 2005
Yes, the cast is certainly seductive, and the direction often beguiling, yet ultimately we're left with a distinct sense of abandonment, of a story insufficiently told.
August 31, 2005
Simply befuddling.
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.
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