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Based on 39 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Jeffrey Caine put a human face on John le Carre's novel of sex, lies and dirty politics in modern Africa. Prepare for a thrilling ride. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a love story only in passing. And yet the love story is what lingers in the mind and gives energy and meaning to everything that happens on-screen. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A masterwork of suspense, romance and political intrigue. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    In the end, The Constant Gardener is hardly more than yet another study of white, upper-middle-class martyrdom rather than the hard look at third-world suffering it might've been. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A slick, fast-paced production with first-rate performances and an emotional punch you won't soon forget. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    His (Fernando Meirelles) impressionistic, guerilla style of filmmaking works surprisingly well in capturing the hypnotic urgency of le Carre's fiction. And his viewpoint is less British and more Third World. show more

  • 100
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    A thriller from the inside out, a romance from the outside in: that's the double-edged brilliance of The Constant Gardener. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Like "City of God," it feels organically rooted. Like many Le Carre stories, it begins with grief and proceeds with sadness toward horror. Its closing scenes are as cynical about international politics and commerce as I can imagine. I would like to believe they are an exaggeration, but I fear they are not. This is one of the year's best films. show more

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