Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: F. X. Feeney
    80
    This portrait of an imploding marriage is remarkable for every reason that counts in a good film.
  2. A picture so modest and minor-key that the emotional bruise it leaves may take days to develop.
  3. Well crafted and acted, Declan Recks' Irish domestic drama Eden, adapted from his own play by Eugene O'Brien, offers an intimate portrait of a husband and wife who have stopped communicating with each other.
  4. 70
    Thrumming with anguish and erotic vitality, Eden paints a heartbreaking portrait of a newly affluent country (freed from dour priests, whiskey-soaked revolutionaries and shawl-clad women) afflicted with emotional growing pains.
  5. Eden lacks the technique to give its stifled domestic-erotic feelings their full power.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    60
    Picture loses its delicate edge when it builds to a prescribed dramatic flashpoint within an overly compressed timeframe
  7. This domestic drama from the producers of "Once" could be about the pair from that gentle romance - a decade later.
  8. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    60
    Director Declan Recks underlines every emotion, every brooding pause, working against the spare dialogue with fancy-footwork camera moves and an insistent score.
  9. 50
    An Irish indie that is well-observed and well-acted - but ultimately, not much more exciting than the love lives of its lead characters.
  10. 50
    Eden is "Once" after two kids and 10 years of marriage have sucked the music out of life.
  11. Although its low-key realism is admirable, Eden doesn't really work: the long silences, the aching stares, the telling props, Breda's quivering blues, Billy's drunkenness, his distraction. There might as well be a sign stuck to the Farrells' front door: Dysfunctional family lives here.

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