Fireflies In the Garden

Fireflies In the Garden
Fireflies In the Garden
  • R
  • 1h 29m
  • 2008
Rotten21%
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After an unexpected and tragic accident strikes a troubled mid-western family, the complexities of their interpersonal relationships are brought to light as they struggle through the healing process. Featuring powerful performances from an award-winning cast.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten21%
Critics Consensus: Despite boasting a stellar cast, Fireflies in the Garden is just tedious, dull and predictable melodrama. Instantly forgettable.
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Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Rotten

This histrionic family drama must have looked good on paper to attract such a big-name cast, but o...

June 22, 2017
Film.com
William Goss
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The emotional effectiveness varies from moment to moment between not pushing too hard or simply no...

June 22, 2017
New York Daily News
Joe Neumaier
Rotten

A dreadful exercise in navel-gazing that resides in a particularly trite corner of Pat Conroy-vill...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Uneven drama about unhappy family, including tragedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fireflies in the Garden is a drama starring Julia Roberts and Ryan Reynolds about the relationship between a domineering father, the son who grows up to despise him, and the mother who keeps the family together until an unexpected tragedy throws the entire household into despair. The father rules the household through his anger and his often-cruel punishments, creating a portrait of a deeply unpleasant place to grow up. There are several intense arguments and a good bit of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), as well as some scenes that seem to come close to child abuse. One off-screen sex scene includes overheard noises.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:July 17, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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