The Constant Gardener
The Constant Gardener (2005)

When a British diplomat's wife -- a socially-conscious lawyer -- turns up dead in Kenya, he sets out to find the truth surrounding her murder. In the process, he finds out that his wife had been compiling data against a multinational… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 31, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken.

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Fernando F. Croce

An offensively condescending tourist's eye

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ...

Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sad, taut, and excellent global mystery.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Fiennes carries Le Carré's spirit with a slow-burning performance that operates on two fronts: As a powerful indictment of third-world abuses by pharmaceutical companies, and as a widower's moving investigation into his shattered relationship.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The Constant Gardener is beautifully structured, an artful mix of forward motion and flashbacks.

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Rob Gonsalves

What it adds up to is a good yarn that uses real political concerns to make itself look beefier than the average Hollywood thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Meirelles directs this taut political thriller with a remarkable control over the material in his hands and fantastic performances from his cast, and the result… More
Sophie Burgess
By the end of this film I was really pulling my hair out. I just found it so boring and monotonous despite the best efforts of Fiennes and Weisz. It's a… More
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Raymond Wieser
Fernando Meirelles has created a great suspense thriller here with The Constant Gardener. Based on John Le Carre's book of the same name, the film is… More
Daniel Perry
"Taut political thriller" is a label that's used about a hundred times for every one film that earns it; The Constant Gardener is one worthy of… More
Melvin White
Lorbeer: Big pharmaceuticals are right up there with the arms dealers.  "Love. At any cost." The Constant Gardener isn't a favorite of mine,… More