Hemingway's Garden of Eden
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Hemingway's Garden of Eden
Produced for Tranquil Seas by Lorne Thyssen and Timothy J. Lewiston, directed by John Irvin and starring Mena Suvari, Jack Huston, Caterina Murino, Carmen Maura, Richard E. Grant and Matthew Modine, "Hemingway's Garden Of Eden" was adapted from the Ernest Hemingway book by former Paris Review editor James Scott Linville. The book was published posthumously and, when it finally hit the bookstores in 1986, it was an immediate success. It remains one of Hemingway's most debated novels. Set in the jazz age years, prior to the depression, the story follows a successful young… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It just seems like a bunch of actors playing dress-up."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"Ms. Suvari's Catherine is so extravagantly monstrous that Mr. Huston's David, who provides a desultory narration, comes across as an inert nonentity."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Sex has never felt more repellent after watching Eden, a clumsy effort of eroticism and psychological gamesmanship that's utterly devoid of structure and feeling. It's an awful picture."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"A soft-core, Jazz Age skin flick masquerading as high art."
‑ Robert Levin, Critic's Notebook
"Papa, they've done you wrong again, in this dreadful, miscast Hemingway adaptation."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Everybody flirts with everyone else as director John Irvin pours on a level of shopping-mall-gift-shop-kitsch that would shame Wayne Newton."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The dialogue and plot in Garden Of Eden are rendered clearly and precisely, without a lot of fine shading. The result is a movie that's all surface... all silly, silly surface."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The question that occurs is not whether director Irvin hates actors but rather, how much. We can imagine him shouting to the cast: 'Once more, with less feeling. Get shallow! Can't you do worse than that?'"
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"A veteran director, the attractive lead performers and some stunning settings cannot bring credibility to this inherently stilted story."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"A borderline terrible movie that plays like a parody of a Hemingway story."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Better than it might have been yet still a definite letdown, a literary B-side turned into something not awful, just forgettable."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Vet British helmer John Irvin's mannered, bloodless and appallingly thesped filmization of Hemingway's posthumous novel, though unlikely to set the author rolling in his grave, may still have viewers rolling in the aisles."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"In this Riviera vacation atmosphere, all sun, sand, and skin, the dialectic of opposites the film attempts to enforce instead melts down to little more than kinky foreplay."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"With Hemingway pictured as a wuss and laughable acting, could this be intended as camp?"
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"a sexy psychological thriller much better suited for a younger crowd than the literature buffs who may be drawn to it."
‑ Blake French, Filmcritic.com
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