Gardens of the Night Reviews

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 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 5, 2008
The film never quite recovers from writer-director Damian Harris's dithering way of shooting things.
November 3, 2008
Gardens of the Night leaves me wondering if it is finally possible to make a non-exploitative portrait of sexual abuse.