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Eden

The true story of Chong Kim, who was abducted into the sex trade as a young teen. As her situation grew more desperate, she had to make complicated moral choices in order to survive.
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Village Voice by

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.
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Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The "male gaze" that often despicably and hypocritically surfaces in these kinds of films is pointedly absent throughout.
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Time Out by David Fear

What begins as gritty realism ends up as the usual made-for-cable melodramatics—an apple that’s always better left unbitten.
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The Playlist by Drew Taylor

Eden may be unpleasant, but it's not as grim as you'd imagine, and always compulsively watchable. If only all issue movies were this entertaining.
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Film.com by Jordan Hoffman

The remarkable storytelling that eventually emerges in Eden is something you should see, providing you feel that you can stomach it.
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Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Eden is never less than suspenseful, but rather than sentimentally pander to easy outrage, or indulge in icky women-in-distress titillation, the movie...zeros in on the details of how dignity can be stripped like bark from a tree, and the queasy determination it takes to stay alive in a living hell.
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The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

For as studiously as Griffiths avoids cheap exploitation, the film has an overall structure that isn’t as far removed from a Roger Corman “women in prison” movie as it appears.
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The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Enough films about human trafficking have been made in recent years that the outlines of Eden should be painfully familiar. But that familiarity doesn’t cushion this movie’s excruciating vision.

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