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Broken Flowers Reviews

August 16, 2007
The ending is sublime, a set piece that almost makes up for the overwhelming slightness of it all.
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.
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.
September 16, 2005
A very gentle and wry outing for Jarmusch and his star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2005
Completely charming, but ultimately slight.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
August 5, 2005
[A] well-meaning but remote picture.
August 5, 2005
It takes someone with Murray's reservoir of audience goodwill to make such a maddeningly passive character even worth watching.
August 5, 2005
Flowers is smartly observational -- but a little screen heat would be worth a bouquet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
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
August 5, 2005
Don's is a journey more bittersweet than riotously funny. But then, Murray is becoming a relentless minimalist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2005
Broken Flowers is a road movie, and like the best road movies, it doesn't take a straight path.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2005
A Jarmusch film through and through, with the stars shining against the same minimalist backdrop.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2005
Audiences will laugh, mainly to prove they're awake, but the humor is pretty thin.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
August 4, 2005
Take this trip with him and chances are, you'll find the journey increasingly funny and touching.
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-
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
August 4, 2005
An elegant, evocative film.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 4, 2005
Long on atmosphere, light on dialogue and courageously willing to leave its puzzles unresolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
August 4, 2005
Bill Murray delivers another master class in movie-acting minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
August 3, 2005
A movie of uncommon sweetness and delight.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
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.
August 1, 2005
One of the smartest, funniest and most touching movies of the summer.
July 28, 2005
The mix of humor and heartbreak brings out the best in Murray.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2005
The master of the un-reaction shot and the non-double take carries an entire movie.
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.
May 17, 2005
Broken Flowers could break Jarmusch out of the art house, but admirers may question the film's overly conventional approach.