Gardens of the Night
Gardens of the Night (2008)

Abducted by two men and forced into child prostitution when she was just eight years old, a homeless San Diego street teen is finally reunited with her family only to find that the traumas of the past may have scarred her for life. Leslie… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 7, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Do these heartbreaking stories exist in the real world? Yes, yes, they do. Does dramatizing these stories with nothing to add except a certain cruel wallowing in the existence of unspeakable human depravity serve any real purpose? No, no, it does not.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Good acting and sincere direction by Damian Harris act as beacons to light the haunting corridors of an underworld spook house.

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Cole Smithey

"Gardens of the Night" is a powerful and provoking film about a disturbing and all too real subject. There's a bitterness here that will not go away.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Writer-director Jared Harris (and actor and son of the late Richard Harris) claims to have spent 10 years researching this sordid milieu, yet, for all the detail, it ends up playing like an especially lurid '80s TV movie.

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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice

The film never quite recovers from writer-director Damian Harris's dithering way of shooting things.

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Nick Schager

The tendency to exploit lurid material for dramatic purposes is something [director Harris] can't avoid.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Gardens of the Night is a harrowing story of kidnapping and forced child prostitution that conjures a world entirely populated by predators and prey.

Brian Orndorf

Gardens doesn't always hit its desired mark of profundity. It's a wobbly plunge into grotesque acts of inhuman violation, with the patchy acting often blocking the true horror on display.

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Kam Williams

A haunting tale which very convincingly conveys the overwhelming sense of helplessness and dread which undoubtedly afflicts impressionable souls unfortunate enough to be sexually exploited while still in the bloom of youth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Abducted by two pedophiles at the age of 8, Leslie is led into a life of prostitution, drug addiction and self destruction. If you have children, and even if… More
Robert Fearon
MIFF '08: I liked the characters, and it had some pretty strong themes about family, but I left the cinema feeling unsatisfied. The first half kept me… More
Jesse Ortega
The film certainly means well to shine a spotlight on a very real and heartbreaking issue, but this is really a glorified Lifetime movie disguised as an… More
Giovanni Chambers
Gardens of the Night follows an 8 year old upper-middle class girl, Leslie (Ryan Simpkin), who was abducted by two Pedophiles, Alex (Tom Arnold) and Frank… More