The Garden
The Garden (2008)

In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, hundreds of mostly Mexican-American families came together and turned a blighted corner of South Central Los Angeles into a 14 acre urban oasis with enough fruit and vegetables to feed hundreds of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 18, 2009
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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

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

Likely to grab your heart and incite your passions.

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