Gardens of the Night Reviews

October 2, 2019
A potent movie about an important topic.
November 17, 2011
April 30, 2009
Gardens doesn't always hit its desired mark of profundity. It's a wobbly plunge into grotesque acts of inhuman violation, with the patchy acting often blocking the true horror on display.
December 5, 2008
Do these heartbreaking stories exist in the real world? Yes, yes, they do. Does dramatizing these stories with nothing to add except a certain cruel wallowing in the existence of unspeakable human depravity serve any real purpose? No, no, it does not.
November 10, 2008
"Gardens of the Night" is a powerful and provoking film about a disturbing and all too real subject. There's a bitterness here that will not go away.
November 7, 2008
The tendency to exploit lurid material for dramatic purposes is something [director Harris] can't avoid.
November 7, 2008
Writer-director Jared Harris (and actor and son of the late Richard Harris) claims to have spent 10 years researching this sordid milieu, yet, for all the detail, it ends up playing like an especially lurid '80s TV movie.
November 7, 2008
Gardens of the Night is a harrowing story of kidnapping and forced child prostitution that conjures a world entirely populated by predators and prey.
Top Critic
November 5, 2008
Good acting and sincere direction by Damian Harris act as beacons to light the haunting corridors of an underworld spook house.
November 5, 2008
A haunting tale which very convincingly conveys the overwhelming sense of helplessness and dread which undoubtedly afflicts impressionable souls unfortunate enough to be sexually exploited while still in the bloom of youth.
November 5, 2008
The film never quite recovers from writer-director Damian Harris's dithering way of shooting things.
November 4, 2008
Tom Arnold turns in a solid performance as a "nice guy" who abducts children.
November 4, 2008
An impressive directorial debut.
November 3, 2008
Gardens of the Night leaves me wondering if it is finally possible to make a non-exploitative portrait of sexual abuse.