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      The Constant Gardener

      R Released Aug 31, 2005 2h 8m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      83% Tomatometer 192 Reviews 82% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings Assigned to a new post, reserved British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) relocates to Kenya with his lovely young wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an activist for social justice. When Tessa is found murdered out in the wilderness, circumstances point to her friend, Dr. Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Koundé), but it is soon clear that he's not the killer. Grief-stricken and angry, Justin sets out to uncover the truth behind Tessa's murder -- and in the process, he unearths some disturbing revelations. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads.

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston. Nov 27, 2007 Full Review Mark Kermode Observer (UK) While le Carre's narrative returns an unequivocal guilty verdict on the drug companies, the jury on Meirelles's storytelling abilities remains hung. Jan 20, 2007 Full Review Empire Magazine Serious, topical filmmaking of a very high order. Rated: 4/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Graeme Tuckett Stuff.co.nz The Constant Gardener finds and maintains a lovely balance between a post-cold war thriller and a poignant, elegiac story of love and mourning. It is a hell of a film, very recommended if you're in the mood for some real quality viewing. May 23, 2022 Full Review Joanne Laurier World Socialist Web Site The Constant Gardener disturbs, lingers in the mind, for its images of Africa, images of corporate thuggery, images of well-meaning people drowning in their own self-deception. Mar 5, 2021 Full Review Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia) Poised, intelligent thriller which also points an accusing finger at drug companies dumping obsolete product on third-world countries. Rated: 3/5 Jul 28, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Tibor F Half hour into the film, nothing happens. Extremely boring. Skipped without hesitation. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 04/20/24 Full Review Anthony W This is a super, harrowing bit of cinema. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/05/24 Full Review Alec C Love can push us to take extremes in order to bring her peace, especially if it means going against the system! A diplomat suspects that his wife's suspicious death is tied to a drug-manufacturing company in Kenya and begins a risky investigation into her demise. Shot with emotional feeling and a sobering sense of doom, we're shown that if you must confront corruption, you should do it for the people you love! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/24 Full Review David W The Constant Gardener features excellent performances but suffers from a screenplay that seems to be always building up to a climax that never quite comes. I would only watch this again if there were nothing better to choose from. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/24 Full Review Jona I Enthralling mystery, even mystery of the heart. Weisz and Fiennes are charming together Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/25/23 Full Review Shaun E The Constant Gardener is a very deep, dark and thought provoking film about abuse of African peoples in the name of money. On top of that, it is a very powerful love story that transcends anything that could remotely be described as romance. Indeed, such a label would cheapen it. The film starts oddly enough. The cinematography appears to be more art than story and it feels somewhat jarring. However, once the story gets going, the cinematic depictions of African life feel real. The chronological to-ing and fro-ing in the early part of the story does not appear to add any benefit to the telling of the story and I cannot help but wonder if the story would have had an even greater emotional impact if the love story had chance to develop before Tessa's death. Where the power of the love story comes into real force is the fact that the love story truly takes on a power of its own as it develops after her death. The story does suffer from convenient plot devices that move it forward and sometimes these feel a bit contrived. However, the story being told is so strong that I can only knock half a star off for this. All in all, a very good film. That it was inspired by a true story makes it all the more powerful. How much of this sort of abuse continues to be perpetrated in the name of money? Highly recommended, but not light, storytelling. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Assigned to a new post, reserved British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) relocates to Kenya with his lovely young wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an activist for social justice. When Tessa is found murdered out in the wilderness, circumstances point to her friend, Dr. Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Koundé), but it is soon clear that he's not the killer. Grief-stricken and angry, Justin sets out to uncover the truth behind Tessa's murder -- and in the process, he unearths some disturbing revelations.
      Director
      Fernando Meirelles
      Producer
      Simon Channing Williams
      Screenwriter
      Jeffrey Caine, John le Carré
      Distributor
      Focus Features
      Production Co
      Focus Features
      Rating
      R (Nudity|Language|Sexual Content|Some Violent Images)
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 31, 2005, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 12, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $33.6M
      Runtime
      2h 8m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SRD, DTS, Surround
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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