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Broken Flowers (2005)



Critic Consensus: Bill Murray's subtle and understated style complements director Jim Jarmusch's minimalist storytelling in this quirky, but deadpan comedy.

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The resolutely single Don has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don yet again resigns himself to being alone and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present.more
Rating: R (for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 3, 2006
Box Office: $13.6M
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Bill Murray
as Don Johnston
Sharon Stone
as Laura Miller
Frances Conroy
as Dora Anderson
ChloŽ Sevigny
as Carmen's Assistant
Meredith Patterson
as Flight Attendant
Jennifer Rapp
as Girl on Bus
Nicole Abisinio
as Girl on Bus
Dared Wright
as Rabbit Owner
Suzanne Hevner
as Mrs. Dorston
Brian F. McPeck
as Guy in SUV
Matthew McAuley
as Guy in SUV
Pell James
as Sun Green
Ryan Donowho
as Young Man on Bus
Homer Murray
as Kid in Car
Mark Webber
as The Kid
Jarry Fall
as Winston and Mona's K...
Korka Fall
as Winston and Mona's K...
Saul Holland
as Winston and Mona's K...
Niles Lee Wilson
as Winston and Mona's K...
Zakira Holland
as Winston and Mona's K...
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Critic Reviews for Broken Flowers

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (46)

The ending is sublime, a set piece that almost makes up for the overwhelming slightness of it all.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Murray manages, almost impossibly, to come up with still another rich variation on his Depleted Man persona, and his performance is at once enormously generous and fiercely, concisely witty.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Murray shows us that what was behind his early-period jaded-hipster shtick was a melancholy and fearful man.

Full Review… | December 29, 2015

Many will relish Broken Flowers' refusal to serve up a resolution; others will find it frustrating. Inevitably, that's Jarmusch: like Murray's character journey, the rewards lie in the small moments that fade as much as the ones that linger.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Insightful, entertaining, and a worthy addition to the filmography of one of America's more interesting modern directors.

Full Review… | September 26, 2009
Film and Felt

Throbs with compressed emotion

Full Review… | September 5, 2009

Audience Reviews for Broken Flowers

Still-life with Bill. Low-key semi-detached and floaty. A little sad, a little funny and a lot of driving - at least there were good tunes for the ride.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


The films of Jim Jarmusch are offbeat and quirky. This film continues that tradition. It also continues a recent trend of Bill Murray playing a sad sack character who is miserable and a mess, much like Jack Nicholson's character in About Schmidt. This film is a good one, and, while there's nothing really wrong with it per se, it's not great either. It just feels like things are set to autopilot. The performances from a wonderful cast are great though, as is the art direction/set design. I also liked the music, especially the inclusion of an excerpt from the song "Dopesmoker" by Sleep. Had I not already seen a handful of other films similar to this one, I would probably say that this film is absolutely brilliant. As it is though, I liked it, but think my enjoyment is mostly due to being a fan.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Jarmusch's gets back to true form after two mediocre projects. Bill Murray puts in yet another great performance.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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