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Fireflies In The Garden (2011) Fireflies In The Garden , this pained semiautobiographical drama by writer-director Dennis Lee features lovely color-drained photography and strong performances from a starry cast led… 2011-10-14 R PT88M Drama Ryan Reynolds Julia Roberts Willem Dafoe Emily Watson
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Fireflies In The Garden (2011)

MPAA Rating: R

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FAMILY DRAMA Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts in Fireflies In The Garden
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FAMILY DRAMA Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts in Fireflies In The Garden
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Oct 14, 2011; Rated: R; Length: 88 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Ryan Reynolds and Julia Roberts

Fireflies In The Garden, this pained semiautobiographical drama by writer-director Dennis Lee features lovely color-drained photography and strong performances from a starry cast led by a surprisingly subtle Ryan Reynolds and a gentle Julia Roberts. But the sadistic father (Willem Dafoe, what are the odds?) is a monster without explanation. And the resentments acted out at the dining table by the rest of this miserable family — gathered for a graduation celebration that turns into a wake — are so oppressive that Eugene O'Neill might ask, ''Too much?'' C

Originally posted Oct 19, 2011 Published in issue #1178 Oct 28, 2011 Order article reprints