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Broken Flowers (2005)

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88

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 162 | Rotten: 23

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

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 7

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.

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Jim Jarmusch

Jan 3, 2006

$13.6M

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All Critics (193) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (162) | Rotten (23) | DVD (33)

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

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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There's a real poignancy in watching Murray's emotional chill thaw from the heat generated by even the idea of romance, or at least its more libidinous evil twin, lust.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A very gentle and wry outing for Jarmusch and his star.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Completely charming, but ultimately slight.

August 12, 2005
Detroit News
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You can't take your eyes off [Murray], and you leave Broken Flowers hoping he's feeling better -- about life, love, everything.

August 12, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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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.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

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

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Throbs with compressed emotion

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Funny, disciplined, and acted with great skill and warmth.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Each encounter is a finely observed and beautifully performed vignette in its own right, but together they sketch out a past from which our grey Lothario has been irrevocably set adrift.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Womanizer cads may be front and center in movies. But surprisingly sometimes, so are the impressive accompanying ensemble righteous females who cut them nicely down to size, and the quirky and twisted Broken Flowers is no exception.

May 25, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

The auteur's unbeatable weirdness here mutates into preciosity.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

After a career of deadpanning, Murray's impassive performance is still fresh, funny, sympathetic and restrained.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

This is a film about insufficiency on so many levels, a film not of hipster indifference, but of a certain effete inability to react.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Subtle, warm direction from Jim Jarmusch and another Oscar-worthy performance from Bill Murray -- will the Academy just give him a statue, already?

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's about questions, not easy answers, and its refusal to provide them might frustrate some viewers unaccustomed to Jarmusch's elliptical style.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

In Murray [Jarmusch] has found his quintessential actor.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

A marvelous movie, with Bill Murray scoring again in the realm of drama.

February 3, 2006 | Comments (3)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Jim Jarmusch vuelve a sorprender con una película minimalista donde los pequeños detalles, varios personajes episódicos, y un casi imperturbable Bill Murray, nos conducen hacia una travesía extraña y sugestiva.

January 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

... anyone with a 'past' will find something that resonates.

January 4, 2006 Full Review Source: JWR

How absolutely fascinating and depressing it must be to have a past.

January 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Features an interesting concept, charming performances, dry yet effective humor, underlying questions and suspense...

December 30, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A quirky delight with Bill Murray at his droll best.

December 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily
Fantastica Daily

A beguiling road movie, where the stops along the way are of the heart, Broken Flowers is a sublime delicacy.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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.
April 16, 2007
brooklynspo

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.
May 18, 2013
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Chris Weber

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Jarmusch's gets back to true form after two mediocre projects. Bill Murray puts in yet another great performance.
July 22, 2012
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

"You are the Don Juan."

The film focuses on an aging "Don Juan" who embarks on a cross-country journey to track down four of his former lovers after receiving an anonymous letter stating that he has a son.

REVIEW
A carefully constructed but also indulgent film. It's a mix of the symbolically heavy Punch Drunk Love and the inexplicable metaphor of Mulholland Drive. Luckily it's a more straightforward story than either of these films and it's successful as a comedy, full of jokes and good humour. Key to this latter point is, of course, Bill Murray, for whom Jarmusch claims to have written the screenplay. His brand of almost inscrutably dry humour shouldn't really make one laugh on paper, but it works magnificently in the event. He's gifted a partner as straight-guy in Jeffrey Wright's Winston, whose meticulously created accent is worth the viewing alone. The film is a mixture of road trip and whodunnit, using the mystery of the letter that prompts Murray's trip to drive the rite-of-passage he takes. By the end there are no realist answers to realist questions (the provenance of the letter(s) is probably the same as that of the video tapes in Michael Haneke's Cache) but Don may well be enlightened nonetheless.
July 6, 2012
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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    1. Don Johnston: Couldn't you have rented me a Porsche or some car I might really drive? I'm a stalker in a Taurus.
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
    1. Don Johnston: Well, the past is gone, I know that. The future isn't here yet, whatever it's going to be. So, all there is, is this. The present. That's it.
    – Submitted by Félix C (2 years ago)
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