Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Dec 9, 2010
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 7, 2010
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Dec 7, 2010
    50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 10, 2010
    40
    While Suvari is especially miscast as a sophisticate, only Richard E. Grant, as a worldly Brit, seems to understand the text.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 7, 2010
    40
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Dec 9, 2010
    33
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Dec 9, 2010
    30
    Garden of Eden sends sleek, half-nude bodies glumly cavorting through lush Riviera landscapes in a paradigm of unintentional camp.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 10, 2010
    12
    Everybody flirts with everyone else as director John Irvin pours on a level of shopping-mall-gift-shop-kitsch that would shame Wayne Newton.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 9, 2010
    0
    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.

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