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The Constant Gardener
Academy Award® Winner
In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle (Rachel Weisz) is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of...  View more >

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Sep 3, 2005
I like this movie for the simple fact that it was very thought provoking. At some points it did get a little slow; but for the most part it kept my attention.
Sep 6, 2005
I am not generally attracted to films in the political intrigue genre, but since I am a fan of Ralph Fiennes films (ie. The English Patient) I decided to see it. Much to my delight, it was very good and well worth a trip to the theater. The first 30 minutes of the film has one of the best uses of a flashback seen in a long time, that sets the pace for the rest of the movie. This movie has it all -- a love story, a political story, a humane story.
Sep 7, 2005
Director Fernando Meirelles follow up to \"City of God,\" is \"the Constant Gardener.\" In it a activists played by Rachel Weise, has been murdered in Africa and it\'s up to Ralph Fiennes to find out why. This is one of the best political thrillers I\'ve seen in years. A first rate movie that will have you thinking and talking long after the movie ends. Rachel Weisz\'s powerful performance deserves an Oscar nomination. Matter of fact, this movie deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Her presence is the backbone to this movie.
Sep 15, 2005
Thought provoking.
Oct 27, 2005
Bad movie.Propaganda against the drug Companies. Same companies that spend billions to find drugs to help the sick. How may advances happened in treatment of cancer and other fatal diseases. I go to the movies to be entertained. This movie has nothing to do with entertainment.

Al
May 2, 2006
A couple of days after having watched The Constant Gardener, I am left at a bit of a loss as to what to say about the movie. I was hoping that the benefit of reflection would improve my judgement of the movie, but I have to say it did not. It's not a bad movie, but I can't necessarily recommend it to anyone either.

Many of the reviews I've read since watching it mention John Le Carre's novel which was the basis for the movie. I've not read that novel or any of his others, so perhaps that puts me at a disadvantage. However, movies should be able to stand on their own, and this one does not.

The performances are good, but they are dragged down by the incredibly drawn out process of getting to the point. And getting to the point is another of the movie's weaknesses. It tries to get to several points, and in taking so long to get to any one of them, it loses the interest of the viewer in seeing any of them through. Ralph Fiennes is a very solid actor, but he's become involved in many plodding movies, so perhaps his involvement needs to serve as a warning to those who don't appreciate slow-paced movies. Rachel Weisz won an Academy Award for her performance, and I'm not sure why. Her character was a loose cannon and had the courage of her convictions, but was her performance of Tessa Quayle much better than the performances of the other actresses who shared the nomination? Perhaps.

The only way I can recommend seeing The Constant Gardener is by renting it, which gives the viewer the choice of whether it's worth seeing the story through. That's why I've given it a "Wait for Rental" rating.
Nov 24, 2011

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