The Constant Gardener Reviews

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November 27, 2007
Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.
January 17, 2006
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.
December 9, 2005
... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ...
December 6, 2005
There is a terrific pulse of energy in this film, a voltage which drives it over two hours.
October 25, 2005
This haunting film will linger with you as a portrait of love lost and found.
September 26, 2005
Fiennes carries Le Carr'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.
September 1, 2005
Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken.
August 31, 2005
Meirelles clearly trusts his actors, particularly Fiennes and Weisz: The plot of The Constant Gardener is fairly intricate, but in the end, the story is told mostly in their faces.
August 31, 2005
The Constant Gardener is beautifully structured, an artful mix of forward motion and flashbacks.
August 31, 2005
The director's fluttering hand keeps the ground constantly shifting beneath our feet, which is just what this beautifully wrenching adaptation for the screen requires.
August 31, 2005
Smart, well-crafted and satisfying.
August 31, 2005
The filmmaker's assurance and vision in reimagining the novel are downright inspiring.
August 31, 2005
Viewers who like real-world issues interwoven with their fiction -- much in the style of author John Le Carr, whose novel is the basis for this movie -- should find plenty to chew on.
August 31, 2005
An intriguing thriller for grown ups.
August 31, 2005
A character-driven drama of actual import that delivers a message and dramatic punch, but with a visual edginess and narrative ingenuity that is in the service of the story, as opposed to the filmmaker's cleverness.
August 31, 2005
The Constant Gardener manages to fight through its own pretensions to deliver a tale you care about, featuring characters you care for.
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
A film that grips us dramatically, intellectually and emotionally.
August 31, 2005
Fernando Meirelles's excellent adaptation of the novel by John le Carré is likely to linger in your mind and may even trouble your conscience.
August 31, 2005
A slick, fast-paced production with first-rate performances and an emotional punch you won't soon forget.
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