The Constant Gardener
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A man discovers a deadly secret when he tries to find out who killed the woman he loves in this suspense drama based on a novel by John Le Carré. Justin Quale (Ralph Fiennes) is a low-level British diplomat who has been given a new assignment in Kenya. Justin's wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is an activist with a keen interest in issues of poverty and social justice; Justin urges her to avoid getting too deeply involved in the people living in Kenya, who are constantly dogged by poverty, but she shows little interest in obeying these instructions. This isn't the only area where Tessa has… More

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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
"Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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
"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,
"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
"The Constant Gardener is beautifully structured, an artful mix of forward motion and flashbacks."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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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