Broken Flowers

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    As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. The situation causes Don to examine his relationships with women instead of moving on to the next one, and Show more... he embarks on a cross-country search for his old flames who might possess clues to the mystery at hand.

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

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    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.

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

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    Completely charming, but ultimately slight.

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    You can't take your eyes off [Murray], and you leave Broken Flowers hoping he's feeling better -- about life, love, everything.

    3/4
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    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.

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    [A] well-meaning but remote picture.

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    It takes someone with Murray's reservoir of audience goodwill to make such a maddeningly passive character even worth watching.

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    Flowers is smartly observational -- but a little screen heat would be worth a bouquet.

    3/4
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    Those hound-dog eyes, and that weary sneer, reveal a man who understands the value of understatement.

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    Jarmusch shows us, as he has in the past, that the journey, not the arrival, matters.

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    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.

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    It's many things: a terrific performance piece for a handful of good actors, an engaging metaphor and a so-so piece of storytelling.

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    Don's is a journey more bittersweet than riotously funny. But then, Murray is becoming a relentless minimalist.

    3/4
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    Broken Flowers is a road movie, and like the best road movies, it doesn't take a straight path.

    3/4
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    Hold on to your hats. Jim Jarmusch, a director who always marches to his own strange drumbeat, has made an entertaining movie.

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    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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    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.

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    A minimalist miracle that transcends comedy and drama to wind up in a bigger and wiser place.

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    A Jarmusch film through and through, with the stars shining against the same minimalist backdrop.

    3/4
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    Audiences will laugh, mainly to prove they're awake, but the humor is pretty thin.

    2/4
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    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.

    3/4
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    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.

    2/5
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    Take this trip with him and chances are, you'll find the journey increasingly funny and touching.

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    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.

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    With Broken Flowers, Jim Jarmusch's sly, touching new film, Bill Murray reaffirms his status as the quietest comic actor in movies today.

    5/5
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    An elegant, evocative film.

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    Long on atmosphere, light on dialogue and courageously willing to leave its puzzles unresolved.

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    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.

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    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.

    3/4
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    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.

    3/4
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    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.

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    Bill Murray delivers another master class in movie-acting minimalism.

    5/5
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    No actor is better than Bill Murray as doing nothing at all, and being fascinating while not doing it.

    4/4
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    In the wasteland of August releases, this entry shines like a beacon lighting the way to a theater.

    3/4
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    A movie of uncommon sweetness and delight.

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    A Jarmuschian bouquet of episodic structure, desultory road-tripping, and droll dislocation, each comic setup as simple and plywood-dry a contraption as ever.

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    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.

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    One of the smartest, funniest and most touching movies of the summer.

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    The mix of humor and heartbreak brings out the best in Murray.

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    The master of the un-reaction shot and the non-double take carries an entire movie.

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    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.

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    Broken Flowers could break Jarmusch out of the art house, but admirers may question the film's overly conventional approach.

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