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Broken Flowers Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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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.
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 9, 2005
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 16, 2005
A very gentle and wry outing for Jarmusch and his star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 12, 2005
Completely charming, but ultimately slight.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 12, 2005
You can't take your eyes off [Murray], and you leave Broken Flowers hoping he's feeling better -- about life, love, everything.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 11, 2005
It kept me absorbed all the way through, especially the collaboration between acting auteur Bill Murray and Mr. Jarmusch in virtually every frame of the film.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 5, 2005
[A] well-meaning but remote picture.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 5, 2005
It takes someone with Murray's reservoir of audience goodwill to make such a maddeningly passive character even worth watching.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 5, 2005
Flowers is smartly observational -- but a little screen heat would be worth a bouquet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 5, 2005
Those hound-dog eyes, and that weary sneer, reveal a man who understands the value of understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 5, 2005
Jarmusch shows us, as he has in the past, that the journey, not the arrival, matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2005
The movie doesn't come to a definitive point or make an explicit, but the movie does illustrate, in a penetrating way, the sadness of going through life emotionally disconnected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 5, 2005
Don's is a journey more bittersweet than riotously funny. But then, Murray is becoming a relentless minimalist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 5, 2005
Broken Flowers is a road movie, and like the best road movies, it doesn't take a straight path.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 5, 2005
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 5, 2005
A Jarmusch film through and through, with the stars shining against the same minimalist backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 5, 2005
A minimalist miracle that transcends comedy and drama to wind up in a bigger and wiser place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 5, 2005
Hold on to your hats. Jim Jarmusch, a director who always marches to his own strange drumbeat, has made an entertaining movie.
| Original Score: A-
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August 5, 2005
Broken Flowers is Jarmusch's most conventionally entertaining film, but it's still visually rigorous, swimming in pregnant silences, and un-filled-in in a way that's tantalizing.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2005
Jarmusch is a brilliant critic of the dead-ends of American culture and society and a first-rate painter of the absurdities of the Now and the traps of the Then.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2005
Jarmusch's narrative setups are often artificial and implausible, but his stories are usually charming anyway because the sense of character runs deeper than plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 4, 2005
Take this trip with him and chances are, you'll find the journey increasingly funny and touching.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 4, 2005
Mr. Jarmusch has always worked in the rhythms of the great European directors. With Broken Flowers, he has found a story, and a star, to gracefully match his style.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 4, 2005
With Broken Flowers, Jim Jarmusch's sly, touching new film, Bill Murray reaffirms his status as the quietest comic actor in movies today.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 4, 2005
An elegant, evocative film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 4, 2005
Long on atmosphere, light on dialogue and courageously willing to leave its puzzles unresolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 4, 2005
Ultimately, the Jarmusch-Murray matchup, for all its flaws, offers a uniquely bittersweet experience, a movie with some broken funny bones and a questioning heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2005
With such pointillist precision does Bill Murray create a portrait of the melancholic at midlife in Broken Flowers that he seems perfectly capable of painting The Last Supper with a single eyelash.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 4, 2005
As with previous Jarmusch rambles, Broken Flowers risks getting overpowered by aridity and drift. That it barely avoids such a fate can be credited entirely to Murray's graceful empathy with loss and regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2005
Bill Murray delivers another master class in movie-acting minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2005
No actor is better than Bill Murray as doing nothing at all, and being fascinating while not doing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 4, 2005
In the wasteland of August releases, this entry shines like a beacon lighting the way to a theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2005
A movie of uncommon sweetness and delight.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
A Jarmuschian bouquet of episodic structure, desultory road-tripping, and droll dislocation, each comic setup as simple and plywood-dry a contraption as ever.
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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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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 1, 2005
One of the smartest, funniest and most touching movies of the summer.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2005
The mix of humor and heartbreak brings out the best in Murray.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 24, 2005
The master of the un-reaction shot and the non-double take carries an entire movie.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 18, 2005
Working in his typically idiosyncratic and episodic vein, Jim Jarmusch has nonetheless pitched the film slightly more toward mainstream tastes than usual for him, using excellent thesps in the service of accessible material.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2005
Broken Flowers could break Jarmusch out of the art house, but admirers may question the film's overly conventional approach.