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Paterson Reviews

February 10, 2017
As Paterson makes these rounds again and again, Jarmusch unhurriedly crafts a cinematic ode to finding both art and delight in the quotidian.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2017
It's not exactly riveting material, and even Jim Jarmusch - the veteran writer-director who traffics in the day-to-day contemplation of human existence - struggles to make "Paterson" pop.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 9, 2017
Jarmusch, who made supernatural vampires seem human in Only Lovers Left Alive, now finds inspiration in the mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 27, 2017
A filmmaker telling his story in pictures and the limitlessness of control he brings to his art. What more can one ask of cinema?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 26, 2017
Jim Jarmusch's latest has moments of beauty that help compensate for a slightly static narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2017
Jarmusch is a next-level storyteller with an amazing ability to deliver a scene that works on face value and as a metaphor
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2017
If it sounds like not much happens in this film, well, have you ever seen a Jim Jarmusch movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 19, 2017
I think Jarmusch has actually remade "Groundhog Day" as a work of spiritual ecstasy. I also think Paterson the man may be a Zen Ralph Kramden.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 18, 2017
Or would you rather be a fish?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 12, 2017
Driver's performance as an uncertain man getting through the day-to-day prosaic, quietly buoyed by passion and artistic commitment, is exquisite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2017
Paterson is easily one of Jarmusch's most accomplished films. He portrays the life of the mind and the workings of the creative soul as a kind of secret love affair, a deep, hidden well inside the most ordinary, mundane existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 12, 2017
It's a perfect vehicle for Driver, who endearingly captures the hangdog humility of his character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 12, 2017
Driver is turning out to be one of the finest actors of the moment, an understated star with a great, non-movie-star face.
January 8, 2017
In Jim Jarmusch's new movie Paterson, there's no major action day to day, but magic is constantly bleeding in from around the edges.
January 5, 2017
Viewers are treated to a portrait of romantic devotion, contentment and vocation all the more affecting for being so utterly, unapologetically heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 5, 2017
Jarmusch has created a small miracle of a film, one that is both intellectually dazzling and emotionally provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 2, 2017
"Paterson" is simultaneously a paean to art and a tribute to working men-long-suffering men who toil in thankless isolation on repetitive jobs, carrying family responsibilities on their shoulders.
December 30, 2016
Driver's low-key charisma in the role rescues it from terminal dullness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 28, 2016
Adam Driver gives his loveliest, most lyrical performance in this Jim Jarmusch film-one of the year's best-that takes its good, sweet time working its way into your mind and heart. But when it does, you're a goner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2016
This is a movie about forgiveness - forgiving other people for what they do to us, forgiving ourselves for not always measuring up to some ideal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 28, 2016
With each step, the film gains depth. Small variations in routine start to feel monumental, and the briefest encounter can seem like a sign of something great.
December 27, 2016
A meticulously composed movie, shot beautifully by Frederick Elmes; every frame is a beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 27, 2016
Mr. Jarmusch creates that rarest portrait of the artist: the one who's happy being hard at work.
December 27, 2016
"Paterson," like most films assured enough to make their own rules, is not just a refreshing change of pace but a revivifying one.
Top Critic
December 27, 2016
The movie is a charmer, as sweet as it is slow. But even some sympathetic viewers may find it nothing more than an almanac of neat stuff, less dramatized than merely cataloged.
December 27, 2016
Jarmusch salutes a life with a refreshing lack of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2016
This movie has almost no bite but plenty of moseying charm, and what it does get right is the idea of poets as perpetual magpies.
December 27, 2016
I've never seen a film that captures the inner world of an artist with such delicacy.
December 27, 2016
There's a hushed beauty to Paterson and Paterson that celebrates the way in which even the most ordinary, prosaic lives can be full of poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 23, 2016
The film is about the act of creation and the art of observation, and it couldn't embody both more perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 21, 2016
"Paterson" is filled with moments and interactions that seem like they're headed toward drama but take a different route. And even though it's set in the present day, Paterson's quaint life evokes an earlier period, adding a thin layer of surrealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
December 21, 2016
Jarmusch, that aging ambassador of cool, sincerely respects both the the ordinariness and the artistry of his blue-collar hero. One does not contradict the other. They are intimately related.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 16, 2016
Jarmusch is justly revered as one of the fathers of modern independent American film, but his films have grown ever more wispy and self-congratulatory, Paterson, though artful in its way, is the most cloying of the lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 29, 2016
It's a thrilling rumination on the mimetic aspects of poetry, the inexplicable drive towards creativity and the search for meaning in the most simple acts of human expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 25, 2016
True, some of Paterson's poems are just dull-dull. And the whimsy can be cloying. But the acting is fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 24, 2016
Slowly but surely, the gentleness of Jim Jarmusch's lovely new film steals up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 23, 2016
Everything is structured to evoke poetry through its measured pacing. The space left between events and interactions shows Jarmusch at his most poised.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 20, 2016
Paterson's writing may never earn such notice, but his perceptions on everyday existence are a quiet delight.
October 13, 2016
Like many of Jarmusch's best films, this keeps surprising us with its minimal, witty inflections, at once epic and small-scale.
May 20, 2016
There's an austerity to [Paterson's] days and to his processes that Jarmusch sells very effectively. And so does Driver, with his off-kilter sincerity.
May 20, 2016
Paterson himself is deathly allergic to pretension, and the film inhabits his sensibility. It's A Portrait Of The Artist As A Working-Class Stiff, arguing for the mundane beauty of all our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 20, 2016
A lovely fable about the fragile, fruitful and occasionally fraught relationship between creativity and everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2016
A mild-mannered, almost startlingly undramatic work that offers discreet pleasures to longtime fans of the New York indie-scene veteran, who can always be counted on to go his own way.
May 15, 2016
In "Paterson" the appeal of the Jarmusch vision shrinks down - in every way - to something relatively minimal.