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Language of a Broken Heart (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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A neurotic best-selling author on love, with the heightened emotional capacity of a woman, can write so eloquently about the subject, but can't keep girls from leaving him. After he comes back to his apartment in New York City to find his fiancé with another man, he returns to his hometown and the only woman he ever left, his mother. There, he renews his relationships with the people that matter the most, his family and friends. By a simple twist of fate he meets a free-spirited bookseller who

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (9)

Just don't expect to fall hard for it.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Part of the limp-rag ambience is due to Talt, who seems to be channeling Sarah Jessica Parker - which, unsurprisingly, does not work.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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It's an inoffensive, undercooked film without much to say, but there are flashes of potential.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Nothing terribly special here, but perfectly played and a spiritual cousin to such early '90s indies as "Naked in New York" and "Ed's Next Move."

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Today's romantic comedies may be the most dire product being rolled off American filmmaking assembly lines.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Exactly the movie that one expects it to be -- a frustrating quality for some, but smooth medicine for those who trust and like writer-actors' puppy dog tales that unfold loosely in the vein of Ed Burns.

April 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Take (500) Days of Summer and Garden State, strip away their charms and you end up with Language of a Broken Heart, a handsomely shot but tired pile-up of indie rom-com clichés.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Language of a Broken Heart might have made a passable Hallmark or Lifetime TV movie, cushioned by the TV-movie context. But as a theatrical prospect, it's a fail.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Don't expect to fall head-over-heels for this tale of a nice guy finishing last, but you'll appreciate its quirks, insight and humor.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

An entertaining enough Prodigal Son drama about a just-dumped love guru who finds the girl of his dreams when he returns home from the big city to lick his wounds.

March 24, 2013
Sly Fox

The rom-com genre keeps scraping bottom, and this particular annoyance is about as low as you can get.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Lacks complexity, realism, wit and sophistication. Julie White radiates panache, though.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

A feigned attempt at a stereotypically quirky indie film that has virtually nothing in the way of formal sophistication or narrative ambition.

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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