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Grow Your Own
British director Richard Laxton's allegorical ensemble comedy Grow Your Own concerns a most unusual therapy doled out to local refugee families in London: an analyst allots a parcel of land to each group, and asks its kinfolk to farm vegetables there. Naturally, a myriad of complications arise - from a young man named Kenny (Alan Williams, who refuses to comply with the given ordinance and paint his hut red, to Miriam (Diveen Henry), a widow who believes that the spirit of her late husband has returned in the form of one of the gardeners, Little John (Eddie Marsan), to a Chinese immigrant,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"Director Richard Laxton offers nothing to convince that we shouldn't be watching this one-off drama on the box on a Sunday night with one eye closed. More meat and less veg please"
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Average comedy-drama that's not as moving or as funny as it thinks it is, but remains watchable thanks to strong performances and likeable characters."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Grow Your Own has about as much edge as a prize melon, but even if the land's been well filled, there's still plenty of fertile soil here. Occasionally melancholy, often funny, this is touching, lyrical home-grown fare."
‑ Tom Hawker, Total Film
"With its chirpy score, lovable characters and Festival Of Britain flavour, Grow Your Own would have bedded in nicely as a TV movie. On the big screen, it starts to wilt."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"The movie seems at times so impressed by its own allegory that it lessens the human drama running beneath it."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"It's what could be termed a gentle comedy, this story about immigrants trying to blend into the fabric of rural British society; a routinely pleasant small comedy that explores Britain's immigration issues and relevant enough to touch a nerve anywhere"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Affectionate and heartwarming it will seem to those who enjoy this sort of thing; painfully slow and dramatically inert might be the criticism of doubters."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"One could wish that this parable of difference and tolerance gladdened the heart, but its effortful comedy has quite the opposite effect. It's just weedy."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"It's a shame for John Pilger that The War on Democracy, his documentary about how Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez is a symbol of the growth of people power in Latin America, is being released at a time when Chávez has shut down TV companies that oppose him."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"A gentle, astute, life-affirming British comedy. Dig in."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
"This derivative drama might have worked quite well as a four-part mini Sunday night series for the BBC. As a film, however, it fails on almost every count."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Director Nimrod Attal manages the setting-up of this situation with some skill, but it's never developed. Nor are any of the characters."
‑ , Daily Mail [UK]
"This film is more Ground Force than ground-breaking. Watch it on DVD with a nice cup of tea."
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"Well-intentioned, and well-cast, this British movie is nonetheless desperately underpowered."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Hence, while it works as an antidote to the gritty realism of recent British films, Grow Your Own's twee optimism is sometimes a little too much to digest."
‑ Catherine Chambers, BBC
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