The Constant Gardener
The Constant Gardener (2005)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

An offensively condescending tourist's eye

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Fiennes has always been good, but in author John le Carré's 2000 postimperial African thriller, he may have found his signature role.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sad, taut, and excellent global mystery.

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ...

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

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.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

What it adds up to is a good yarn that uses real political concerns to make itself look beefier than the average Hollywood thriller.

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Raymond Wieser
Fernando Meirelles has created a great suspense thriller here with The Constant Gardener. Based on John Le Carre's book of the same name, the film is… More
Daniel Perry
"Taut political thriller" is a label that's used about a hundred times for every one film that earns it; The Constant Gardener is one worthy of… More
Melvin White
Lorbeer: Big pharmaceuticals are right up there with the arms dealers.  "Love. At any cost." The Constant Gardener isn't a favorite of mine,… More
Sophie Burgess
By the end of this film I was really pulling my hair out. I just found it so boring and monotonous despite the best efforts of Fiennes and Weisz. It's a… More
Jameson Worley
The great political thriller of 2005. Rachel Wiesz is fantastic in her Oscar winning performance...I had previously thought Amy Adams deserved the award that… More

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