Broken Flowers (2005)

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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.
Rating: R (for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use)
Genre: Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
In Theaters: wide
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Runtime:
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Cast

Bill Murray
as Don Johnston
Sharon Stone
as Laura Miller
Frances Conroy
as Dora Anderson
Chloë 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 Kid
Korka Fall
as Winston and Mona's Kid
Saul Holland
as Winston and Mona's Kid
Niles Lee Wilson
as Winston and Mona's Kid
Zakira Holland
as Winston and Mona's Kid
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Critic Reviews for Broken Flowers

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (46)

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 15, 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 8, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

A very gentle and wry outing for Jarmusch and his star.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Completely charming, but ultimately slight.

August 12, 2005
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Broken Flowers

½

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
Chris Weber

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

Graham Jones
Graham Jones
½

"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.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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