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The Constant Gardener

31gard Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), a member of the British High Commission based in Africa, launches a quest for the truth and begins his own international investigation when his wife (Rachel Weisz, in an Oscar-winning turn) is murdered. Not even the rumors of his wife's infidelity will stop him from uncovering what really happened to her -- a conspiracy that's much more dangerous than he ever imagined.
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NYT Critics' Pick
Fernando Meirelles's excellent adaptation of John le Carr?'s novel is about a British diplomat (Ralph Fiennes) posted to a remote corner of Kenya whose unfaithful wife (Rachel Weisz) is found murdered. Stirred from his bureaucratic anomie, the diplomat mounts a worldwide effort to find her killer. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 83%
Critics' score: 83   Audience score: 81   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ... full review

Ken Tucker, New York Magazine

Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Meirelles clearly trusts his actors, particularly Fiennes and Weisz: The plot of The Constant Gardener is fairly intricate, but in the end, the story is told mostly in their faces. full review

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

The Constant Gardener is beautifully structured, an artful mix of forward motion and flashbacks. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

The director's fluttering hand keeps the ground constantly shifting beneath our feet, which is just what this beautifully wrenching adaptation for the screen requires.

Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News

The filmmaker's assurance and vision in reimagining the novel are downright inspiring.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Viewers who like real-world issues interwoven with their fiction -- much in the style of author John Le Carre, whose novel is the basis for this movie -- should find plenty to chew on. full review

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune

A character-driven drama of actual import that delivers a message and dramatic punch, but with a visual edginess and narrative ingenuity that is in the service of the story, as opposed to the filmmaker's cleverness.

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

The Constant Gardener manages to fight through its own pretensions to deliver a tale you care about, featuring characters you care for. full review

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

If it sends audiences home to log on to the Amnesty International website, terrific -- but that still doesn't make it a very good movie. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

A film that grips us dramatically, intellectually and emotionally. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Fernando Meirelles's excellent adaptation of the novel by John le Carré is likely to linger in your mind and may even trouble your conscience. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

A slick, fast-paced production with first-rate performances and an emotional punch you won't soon forget. full review

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

This is not a movie that will shock you or thrill you or rock your world. Instead, it will move you, it will stick with you, it will give you pause and effect you in ways not easily described -- which is something the best films always do.

Tom Long, Detroit News

Yes, the cast is certainly seductive, and the direction often beguiling, yet ultimately we're left with a distinct sense of abandonment, of a story insufficiently told. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

The Constant Gardener is more like walking past a series of paintings than watching a movie. You can admire the skill that went into work, but it never carries you along. full review

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

This is one of the year's best films. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience. full review

Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune

It harkens back to an era when movies about socially relevant causes came without irony and with the conviction that wide exposure could bring about needed changes. In other words, this isn't your usual multiplex offering. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star
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