Broken Flowers Reviews

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March 14, 2018
Funny, bittersweet, its understatement yielding surprising depth charges, Broken Flowers is a triumph of close observation and telling details.
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.
October 15, 2005
Moving, mirthful and minimalist, Broken Flowers is a bittersweet treat from indie great Jim Jarmusch.
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.
August 12, 2005
Completely charming, but ultimately slight.
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.
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.
August 5, 2005
Those hound-dog eyes, and that weary sneer, reveal a man who understands the value of understatement.
August 5, 2005
Jarmusch shows us, as he has in the past, that the journey, not the arrival, matters.
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.
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.
August 5, 2005
Don's is a journey more bittersweet than riotously funny. But then, Murray is becoming a relentless minimalist.
August 5, 2005
Broken Flowers is a road movie, and like the best road movies, it doesn't take a straight path.
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.
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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