The Constant Gardener
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When a British diplomat's wife -- a socially-conscious lawyer -- turns up dead in Kenya, he sets out to find the truth surrounding her murder. In the process, he finds out that his wife had been compiling data against a multinational drug company that uses helpless Africans as guinea pigs to test a tuberculosis remedy with unfortunately fatal side effects. Therefore, those who may have had the most reason to silence her are closer to home than he ever imagined.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Fiennes carries Le Carré's spirit with a slow-burning performance that operates on two fronts: As a powerful indictment of third-world abuses by pharmaceutical companies, and as a widower's moving investigation into his shattered relationship."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"An offensively condescending tourist's eye"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"a deeply intelligent and profoundly moral examination of a world where the political and the personal cannot ever be kept apart."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"While le Carre's narrative returns an unequivocal guilty verdict on the drug companies, the jury on Meirelles's storytelling abilities remains hung."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Fiennes has always been good, but in author John le Carré's 2000 postimperial African thriller, he may have found his signature role."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"What it adds up to is a good yarn that uses real political concerns to make itself look beefier than the average Hollywood thriller."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Elaborate, cynical, ambitious, eager, visually arresting, the film wants it all and gives plenty."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"The Constant Gardener" has strengths that aren't apparent until the final credits start rolling."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Kansas City Star
"... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ..."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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,
"Mr. Fiennes, drawing his lips inward and adding just a slight quaver to his voice, gives his finest performance in almost a decade."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"The pornography of Third World damage and suffering for the popcorn munching voyeuristic entertainment of more economically cozy moviegoers."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Fiennes does a brilliant job of communicating his character's inner turmoil through subtle facial expressions and inflections of his voice."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
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