Hemingway's Garden of Eden
Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2010)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

It just seems like a bunch of actors playing dress-up.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Ms. Suvari's Catherine is so extravagantly monstrous that Mr. Huston's David, who provides a desultory narration, comes across as an inert nonentity.

Brian Orndorf

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Everybody flirts with everyone else as director John Irvin pours on a level of shopping-mall-gift-shop-kitsch that would shame Wayne Newton.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

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Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

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?'

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Better than it might have been yet still a definite letdown, a literary B-side turned into something not awful, just forgettable.

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Ronnie Scheib

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.

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

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.

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Jim Hunter
A writer and his wife take up with an Italian woman, and the three form an odd love triangle filled with lust and temptation. Garden of Eden confuses me. I… More
Christopher Haskell
Consider me in the minority, but I actually really enjoyed this film. The acting fits better than I had originally thought and it works on the perfect period… More