Hemingway's Garden of Eden Reviews

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March 14, 2011
Sex has never felt more repellent after watching Eden, a clumsy effort of eroticism and psychological gamesmanship that's utterly devoid of structure and feeling. It's an awful picture.
January 7, 2011
The question that occurs is not whether director Irvin hates actors but rather, how much. We can imagine him shouting to the cast: 'Once more, with less feeling. Get shallow! Can't you do worse than that?'
December 18, 2010
In this Riviera vacation atmosphere, all sun, sand, and skin, the dialectic of opposites the film attempts to enforce instead melts down to little more than kinky foreplay.
December 14, 2010
A soft-core, Jazz Age skin flick masquerading as high art.
December 10, 2010
A veteran director, the attractive lead performers and some stunning settings cannot bring credibility to this inherently stilted story.
December 10, 2010
With Hemingway pictured as a wuss and laughable acting, could this be intended as camp?
December 10, 2010
Papa, they've done you wrong again, in this dreadful, miscast Hemingway adaptation.
December 10, 2010
A borderline terrible movie that plays like a parody of a Hemingway story.
December 10, 2010
It just seems like a bunch of actors playing dress-up.
December 10, 2010
The acting rings false and the clothes, rooms, and locations never feel lived in. You always feel aware that you are on a movie set watching actors perform.
December 10, 2010
Nothing will protect the audience from this dreadful film except to stay far away from the few theaters unwise enough to show it.
December 10, 2010
Everybody flirts with everyone else as director John Irvin pours on a level of shopping-mall-gift-shop-kitsch that would shame Wayne Newton.
December 9, 2010
Better than it might have been yet still a definite letdown, a literary B-side turned into something not awful, just forgettable.
December 9, 2010
Ms. Suvari's Catherine is so extravagantly monstrous that Mr. Huston's David, who provides a desultory narration, comes across as an inert nonentity.
December 9, 2010
'Hemingway's Garden' of Eden will restore no luster to the celebrity writer-adventurer.
December 9, 2010
The dialogue and plot in Garden Of Eden are rendered clearly and precisely, without a lot of fine shading. The result is a movie that's all surface... all silly, silly surface.
December 9, 2010
Flirts with camp, but stifling boredom ultimately trumps any unintentional hilarity.
December 9, 2010
Vet British helmer John Irvin's mannered, bloodless and appallingly thesped filmization of Hemingway's posthumous novel, though unlikely to set the author rolling in his grave, may still have viewers rolling in the aisles.
December 8, 2010
This is not just lesser Hemingway; it's the worst of him.
December 7, 2010
The resulting sangria cocktail is mild, unchallenging, and kinda dull.
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