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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While Suvari is especially miscast as a sophisticate, only Richard E. Grant, as a worldly Brit, seems to understand the text. show more

  • 50
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Though based on the Hemingway novel published 25 years after his death, Hemingway's Garden of Eden feels more like the result of an ungodly alliance between Harlequin house writers and the cut-and-paste masterminds at A&E Biography. show more

  • 12
    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. show more

  • 40
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    For an especially egregious bit of miscasting, look no further than Mena Suvari, star of this tony adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's posthumously published novel about a disintegrating marriage. show more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times

    Handsomely presented, with locations in Spain and Africa, the film at moments accomplishes its ambitions of being a tart piece of steamed-up Jazz Age storytelling. show more

  • 50
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    Director John Irvin, whose hapless 40-plus-year résumé runs from early Schwarzenegger to late Harold Pinter, never gets in the way, but the resulting sangria cocktail is mild, unchallenging, and kinda dull. show more

  • 30
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Garden of Eden sends sleek, half-nude bodies glumly cavorting through lush Riviera landscapes in a paradigm of unintentional camp. show more

  • NA
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    For all the cinematic crimes against him, there has been no book-to-screen translation of his work quite as atrocious as Hemingway's Garden of Eden. show more

  • 33
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    The film isn't erotic or profound. It is occasionally comic, though-like reading the finalists for one of those Bad Sex In Fiction awards. show more

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