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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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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
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Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
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.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com  full review
 
The Constant Gardener is beautifully structured, an artful mix of forward motion and flashbacks.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
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.
Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
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.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News  full review
 
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.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
A film that grips us dramatically, intellectually and emotionally.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
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.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
 
A slick, fast-paced production with first-rate performances and an emotional punch you won't soon forget.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News  full review
 
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.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
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