Eden Reviews

  • [An] excruciating vision of under-age women conscripted into sexual slavery by a criminal enterprise from which there is seemingly no escape.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • A few moments harp on the sentimental, but overall, this is a powerful addition to the small collection of films dedicated to spreading awareness of this horrific crime.

    Stephanie Carrie — Village Voice

  • Scrupulously avoiding salaciousness and overstatement, "Eden" translates a true-life tale of human trafficking into an effectively low-key, arrestingly suspenseful drama.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • Nearly every second is taken up with the horrors inflicted upon the heroine by the sorriest bunch of good ol' boy sadists since "Deliverance."

    Farran Smith Nehme — New York Post

  • A unique and thought provoking picture on a subject that ought to send you into a good old fashioned blood-boiling rage.

    Jordan Hoffman — Film.com

  • Griffiths lays bare a many-tentacled trafficking system sickening in its reach.

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

  • Jamie Chung gives a reserved, watchful performance, but the true surprise is perpetual nice guy Beau Bridges in a nasty turn as the head trafficker.

    Jamie S. Rich — Oregonian

  • Eden surprises by managing to paint a vivid and disturbing picture of the trafficking experience within the context of a conventional thriller.

    Eddie Harrison — The List

  • It's chilling, convincing, matter-of-fact realism.

    Philip French — Observer [UK]

  • Harrowing true events are dramatised with surprising restraint in the low-key Eden.

    Allan Hunter — Daily Express

  • Griffiths handles the exploitation with care, hinting at what goes on rather than rubbing our faces in it.

    Amber Wilkinson — Eye for Film

  • It's based on the experiences of a real life Korean woman, Chong Kim, but you can just tell that many of the facts have been massaged.

    Charlotte O'Sullivan — This is London

  • I would have liked to know more about the criminal setup, though leaving it unexplained gives it a greater tang of evil: a very strong performance from Chung.

    Peter Bradshaw

  • Engaging, sharply focussed and pointedly non-exploitative sex trafficking drama with a strong script, assured direction and a terrific central performance from Jamie Chung.

    Matthew Turner — ViewLondon

  • Props to Griffiths for proving that it only takes a very slight shift in tone and focus to give a gory old bike a set of shiny new wheels.

    David Jenkins — Little White Lies

  • For half an hour, with brutish hunks abusing teens in torn clothes, we think: "Sexploitation!" Then stately, plump Beau Bridges appears, a corrupt federal marshal resembling a gone-to-girth Timothy Spall, and the story starts.

    Nigel Andrews — Financial Times

  • Director-cowriter Megan Griffiths refuses to sensationalise the tabloid aspects of this harrowing true story about human trafficking within the USA.

    Rich Cline — Contactmusic.com

  • A frustratingly mild interpretation of a horrific true-life incident.

    Neil Alcock — Empire Magazine

  • Director Megan Griffiths wastes a great villain and settles for easy answers in a watchable but by-numbers thriller.

    Josh Winning — Total Film

  • Cruelty, bloodletting and death are evident throughout (frequently occurring just outside the frame), and Griffith's laudable discretion actually intensifies their impact.

    Jeff Shannon — Seattle Times

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