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Broken Flowers Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 5, 2005
Audiences will laugh, mainly to prove they're awake, but the humor is pretty thin.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
August 16, 2007
The ending is sublime, a set piece that almost makes up for the overwhelming slightness of it all.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 19, 2005
The laconic minimalism never seemed piquant or probing to me; it just feels minimal, except in its moments of creaky exposition and frustratingly overt finger-pointing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
August 2, 2005
Jarmusch, himself approaching middle age, has Don looking back with Zen fortitude and deadpan sobriety, but what's missing from the film is sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 8, 2005
Smart and moody, but the lack of a human connection to the story's main character left me wanting.
Marshall Heyman
Christian Science Monitor
August 4, 2005
[Don's] a character far more interesting in his past than his present, and when the film finally arrives at its ambiguous, unsatisfying climax, it provides less closure for the viewer than it does for our protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Gilmour
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2005
It's many things: a terrific performance piece for a handful of good actors, an engaging metaphor and a so-so piece of storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
July 5, 2005
Murray showing no emotion; Murray sitting and thinking; sorry, I don't call that compelling moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 12, 2005
Jarmusch writes dialogue as if he's allergic to punchlines.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
August 26, 2005
Jarmusch is the director of... discursive movies long on character and short on plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2005
It's too cold and too uninterested in talk in general and the stories people tell themselves about their romantic lives in particular to do its premise justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
August 15, 2005
I have no idea what Broken Flowers is supposed to be, beside an inconsequential study in awkward reunions.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 2, 2005
Despite occupying nearly every scene, Bill Murray is a virtual non-presence in Jim Jarmusch's latest puzzler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
August 28, 2005
Jarmusch Fails Murray by Failing to Offer Visual Poetry to an Empty Vaccum of Pathetic Despair
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
November 21, 2005
As Bill Murray tells a young drifter after buying the kid a sandwich, 'All there is, is this. The present. That's it.' If Jim Jarmusch knows what that is, he's not telling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 20, 2005
Aggressively unsatisfying. It is an anti-road film that is also anti-entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 2, 2005
Broken Flowers is all of a piece; it's maliciously observed, and it has a neat formal style. But it's an art object without the energy or courage to be a work of art.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 4, 2005
With no emotional conflict, no character revelation and only minimalist acting and episodic direction, Broken Flowers is as flat as Bill Murray's motel-room beds.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 5, 2005
Jarmusch and Murray can mix fine mood martinis, yet their film is all vapors and hints, murmurs and ricochets ... these flowers wilt before they can break.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
August 5, 2005
[A] well-meaning but remote picture.
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Don R. Lewis
Soundwaves Cinema
August 14, 2005
Amy Taubin
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 7, 2005
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August 5, 2005

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August 7, 2005

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January 17, 2006

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