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Greenfingers follows many of the British traditions by using everyday characters and stories the audience can relate to, with an underlying social message.

This loosely based true story deals with rehabilitation of hardened misfit prisoners, who discover their gifts for gardening.

There are occasional laughs, and it becomes more amusing than funny as murderers discuss planting techniques.

A few will love this movie, but it failed to hold my interest and the feel was forced--like you had to love these guys.

A disappointment.

Major criminals competing in a flower contest? Greenfingers is more character development than plot.

It's low-key humor producing the seeds of budding romance, not once, but twice. An art house movie that no one will discover until it finishes out its full term (with time off for good behavior).

More flowery than funny, it's a light comedy that may or may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Greenfingers is a low-key British film about redemption and hope for five hardened criminals who become gardeners in an experimental minimum-security prison.

It's an unusual group of characters in this movie who turn a prison garden into a bed of roses and experience new motivations for living.

This story is hard to believe, but I liked the fact that the picture was based on the real-life gardening achievements represented in the New York Times article "Free to grow bluebells in England."

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