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.
Geoff Andrew The ending is sublime, a set piece that almost makes up for the overwhelming slightness of it all.
Ken Tucker 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.
Andrew Sarris 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.
Stephanie Zacharek [A] well-meaning but remote picture.
Ann Hornaday It takes someone with Murray's reservoir of audience goodwill to make such a maddeningly passive character even worth watching.
David Edelstein 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.
Desson Thomson Take this trip with him and chances are, you'll find the journey increasingly funny and touching.
Rex Reed 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.
Jessica Winter A Jarmuschian bouquet of episodic structure, desultory road-tripping, and droll dislocation, each comic setup as simple and plywood-dry a contraption as ever.
David Denby 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.
Richard Roeper One of the smartest, funniest and most touching movies of the summer.
J. Hoberman The master of the un-reaction shot and the non-double take carries an entire movie.
Todd McCarthy 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.
Kirk Honeycutt Broken Flowers could break Jarmusch out of the art house, but admirers may question the film's overly conventional approach.