“ At times visually stunning, the art direction unfortunately does not distract the viewer from the fact that the character of Sweet William comes across as unlikeable, despite attempts to garner the audience's sympathies.
“ Sometimes overly poetic in its gardening parallels, this story of a young man who returns to home after a number of years is intense, mysterious, and certainly not lacking in style.
“ The story also took some unexpected turns I didn't see coming.
“ Thom Fitzgerald, its stunning director, ties everything together.
“ The worst movie I've ever seen .
“ Confusing and Compelling.
“ At the singular, crucial sequence of the film all the elements of the film - colour, symbolism, lamentation and ladyslipperknots - fuse in breathtaking splendor, and I mean so in the inhaled gasp that graces the east coast 'yes '.
“There is a lot of confusion among viewers of this film regarding the corpse that appears to be hanging in the garden.
“ Except for William, every one of them is murderously mean, nasty, muck-mouthed, intense and twitchy in all situations.
“ The Hanging Garden (1997): Dir: Thom Fitzgerald / Cast: Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Sarah Polley, Peter McNeill, Joel Keller: Intriguing yet confusing Canadian drama about a haunted family history.
“ Nary a dull moment in this stimulating, often thought provoking expose.
“The longer I stayed watching "The Hanging Garden", the more fascinating it became.
“ The ending is unexpected and powerful.
“ "The Hanging Garden" has an engaging and complicated plot which is open to interpretation.