The Garden
The Garden (2008)

In the aftermath of the 1992 L.A. riots, something truly remarkable happened at the intersection of 41st Street and Alameda Avenue thanks to an uncharacteristically charitable move by the city government; where once existed a barren field… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 18, 2009
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Justice and Corruption and Profit are abstractions, and film is so ill suited to deal with abstractions.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The Garden is an especially fatuous documentary, nominated for an Oscar this year, about a community garden in South Central LA where Latino farmers have been allowed to grow food on somebody else's land.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

an interesting film simply for the complexity of this issue

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

A good documentary leaves the viewer wanting more. A problematic one leaves the viewer needing more.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

This intricate and compelling documentary paints a saddening portrait of American politics.

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Bill Gibron
PopMatters

The Garden moves beyond the feel good facet of any apparent ending to show how stark, stupid reality can rip said victory away. It won't make sense - none of these 'us vs. them' situations ever do - but it does create compelling cinema.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

[Director] Hamilton captures the heart-wrenching devastation done in the name of profit, as citizens mourn. Incredibly effecting.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Scott Hamilton Kennedy's plucky, powerful storytelling makes this a worthwhile experience.

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Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Likely to grab your heart and incite your passions.

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