Fireflies in the Garden
Fireflies in the Garden (2011)

To an outsider, the Taylors are the very picture of the successful American family: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured professor on track to become university president, son Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is a prolific and well-known romance… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 7, 2012
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite boasting a stellar cast, Fireflies in the Garden is just tedious, dull and predictable melodrama. Instantly forgettable.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This histrionic family drama must have looked good on paper to attract such a big-name cast, but on the screen it comes off as glib, rushed, and underdeveloped.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A dispiriting rehash of dysfunctional family clichés that seems to last longer than Thanksgiving Day dinner.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Uneven drama about unhappy family, including tragedy.

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William Goss

The emotional effectiveness varies from moment to moment between not pushing too hard or simply not pulling hard enough.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The actors are all good and a few scenes -- an opening family argument, a crucial battle when Michael finally fights back -- are painfully moving.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Julia Roberts plays ultra-sensitive artiste Ryan Reynolds' noble mother-and that should basically tell you all you need to know about this misguided soapy bunch of bollocks which somehow made its way off the shelf into theatres.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A dreadful exercise in navel-gazing that resides in a particularly trite corner of Pat Conroy-ville.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The relationships are lived-in and complex, with the same hopelessness that we find in real life. People don't change.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

This locally shot weeper is unhappy in myriad ways, few of which manage to coalesce around its heart-stung core.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Great cast. Willem Dafoe, and Ryan Reynolds, really pulled this one off well....This is what "Tree of Life' could have been, had it not decided to be… More
Carlos Magalhães
A dull and obvious family drama that suffers from some serious miscasting and presents lots of issues but never develops them properly.
Cast: Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hayden Panettiere, Ioan Gruffudd, Shannon Lucio, Cayden Boyd, George Newbern,… More
Candy Rose
Good cast but quite a dark story. Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is an author who returns to his family and hometown to celebrate his mother's college graduation.… More
Nicki Marie
Better than I would expect from something starring Julia Roberts. Not high on my list to watch, but I am glad I did. Similar in tone to "The Squid and the… More
Dean McKenna
The drama film truly belongs to Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe, both powerful as kin destined never to be close. This is truly touching stuff of the relatives… More