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Gardens of Stone Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Every moment is right, and yet the film as a whole is incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
December 11, 2007
Seems to take its name not so much from the Arlington Memorial Cemetery, where much of the action takes place, but from the stiffness of the characters it portrays.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"sheer dreariness directed with fists of ham"
| Original Score: 1/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 20, 2012
Subdued war drama on life on the home front during the Vietnam war.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Francis Coppola's 1987 Vietnam meditation was his best film in a while, though it's still something less than satisfying.
Emanuel Levy
August 2, 2007
Subtle and elegiac, Coppola's anti-Vietnam War meditation is one of the director's most misunderstood films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

TV Guide
December 11, 2007
Unjustly underrated upon its release, Gardens of Stone is a quiet, respectful film filled with emotional power, exceptional acting (especially by Caan), and technical virtuosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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