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  • Summary: In a startling mature and nuanced performance, Parker Posey plays Nora Wilder, a thirty-something Manhattanite who is cynical about love and relationships, in this astute collaboration with first-time writer/director Zoe Cassavetes. (Magnolia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 88
    Broken English takes 30 minutes to do what most romantic comedies manage with a simple montage. That's a good thing, by the way.
  2. 75
    The movie needs more incident and complication; it's modest to a fault.
  3. A wry, charming romance about a New York woman who has given up hope of finding love.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    A conventional New York-lonely hearts story made watchable by one element and one element only: Parker Posey.
  5. Both neurotic and endearing, it's so carefully accessorized you may not even notice that, at heart, it's a standard-issue romantic comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Jamie Tipps
    60
    What began as an interesting character study ends in convention, offering only the most clich├ęd platitudes in summation. You can't find true love until you love yourself? Hasn't Dr. Phil been telling us that for years?
  7. 50
    Given the gift of Posey at the peak of her powers, Cassavetes squanders her star in low-key, go-nowhere conversations, shot without flair and drained of any improvisatory energy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jul 25, 2007
    10
    The ultimate chick flick that guys will love too. Parker Posey is adorable despite all her neuroses.
  2. AliyaA
    Dec 30, 2007
    10
    Awesome realistic movie.. had a touch of emotion, anxiety, artistic.. great acting!
  3. MarcK
    Nov 26, 2007
    8
    Well-directed, well-written, well-acted. Maybe I'm just in the tiny sliver of people that James Berdanelli says will really like this movie. Parker Posey is pitch-perfect in a very soulful film. Expand
  4. EllenH.
    Mar 25, 2009
    8
    Maybe it's been done a million times before and the ending feels like the biggest surrender to sentimentality, but that doesn't cancel out all the good that came before: outstanding and truthful performances, story and characters that resonate universally, nuance, and compassionate storytelling. This movie is like a small compact mirror being held up in front of one woman's life, but anyone looking can draw comparisons to their own. Expand
  5. BlancoA.
    Jun 25, 2007
    7
    Parker Posey is outstanding and entirely believable in this small-yet-funny & intriguing little film. It's great to see Drea de Matteo again in a solid role. Expand
  6. ChadS
    Nov 7, 2007
    7
    This is not "Manhattan". This is not "Before Sunset"(or "...Sunrise"). "Broken English" makes reference to both; in particular, the pair of Richard Linklater films that made Julie Delpy look like the most desirable woman on the planet. If "Before Sunset" was a conventional Hollywood pic, copying the ending would make sense, since "Broken English" isn't a formulaic romantic comedy. But neither was the Ethan Hawke vehicle. Both movies are "art films". Nobody swoons in Paris. More amusingly, Nora and her friend Audrey(Drea de Matteo) act as couriers, but a Jean Pierre-Melville film fails to materialize. The music is distinctly dissonant. There's no jazzy or cafe-inspired score. "Broken English" missteps when it draws attention to the Linklater film because this prosaic romp through France pales in comparison. On its own terms, however, "Broken English" is a modest success. It's an anti-romantic movie about finding love...with a romantic ending. Expand
  7. JoepK.
    Sep 26, 2007
    1
    Bad movie, none of the actors were convincing, no humor and the story was as simple as any chickflick could possibly be. Probably one of the worst movies I saw in the last couple of months. Expand

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