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Metascore

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100
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.
100
A masterwork of suspense, romance and political intrigue.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
100
Chicago Tribune
A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience.
100
A thriller from the inside out, a romance from the outside in: that's the double-edged brilliance of The Constant Gardener.
100
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.
91
Entertainment Weekly
The movie is smart, serious, and adult about something that matters, but not at the expense of a kind of awful, sensual revelry as le Carré's capacious plot hurtles to its big finish.
88
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.
88
New York Daily News
A slick, fast-paced production with first-rate performances and an emotional punch you won't soon forget.
80
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.
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.

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