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Gardens of the Night

09gardens Kidnapped as children and raised in captivity by an older man (Tom Arnold) and his accomplice (Kevin Zegers), Leslie (Gillian Jacobs) and Donnie (Evan Ross) grew up to be as close as real siblings. But now that they're young adults, they're haunted by their traumatic upbringing. As Leslie recounts her experiences to a sympathetic counselor (John Malkovich), she uncovers a startling truth about lies and the nature of love.
Netflix Rating: 3.4
NYT Review
"Gardens of the Night" is a harrowing story of kidnapping and forced child prostitution that conjures a world entirely populated by predators and prey. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 50%
Critics' score: 50   Audience score: 67   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Do these heartbreaking stories exist in the real world? Yes, yes, they do. Does dramatizing these stories with nothing to add except a certain cruel wallowing in the existence of unspeakable human depravity serve any real purpose? No, no, it does not. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

Writer-director Jared Harris (and actor and son of the late Richard Harris) claims to have spent 10 years researching this sordid milieu, yet, for all the detail, it ends up playing like an especially lurid '80s TV movie. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Gardens of the Night is a harrowing story of kidnapping and forced child prostitution that conjures a world entirely populated by predators and prey.

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Good acting and sincere direction by Damian Harris act as beacons to light the haunting corridors of an underworld spook house. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

The film never quite recovers from writer-director Damian Harris's dithering way of shooting things. full review

Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice
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  • Release Year: 2008
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Available From: Nov 02, 2012
  • Queued by: 136 people
Directed By
Damian Harris
Cast
Tom Arnold, John Malkovich, Jeremy Sisto, Ryan Simpkins, Evan Ross, Gillian Jacobs, Kevin Zegers, Harold Perrineau, Jermaine Scooter Smith, Raynold Gideon, Cornelia Guest, Alice Lo
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