Broken English

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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?
  2. 60
    Posey remains touching as the woman with happiness in sight but bewilderingly out of reach.
  3. 60
    Despite its schizophrenic nature and often disagreeable characteristics, Broken English has flashes of something. You might say it has an integrity of purpose, if not of execution.
  4. 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.
  5. Broken English doesn't break any code or offer original insights on the subject. But there's a spark whenever Posey and Poupaud are together.
  6. 50
    If Broken English occasionally falls prey to a bit too much self-conscious lethargy, it's still a welcome chance to see Posey at her flighty, edgy best.
  7. How Posey's neurotic, self-destructive heroine finds her way to healing is the core of this generous film, whose moral is that happiness can't begin unless you're open to its possibility.
  8. 50
    Almost nothing that's said or done here is convincing. And the energy is set at near-coma level.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. sarahs
    Nov 11, 2008
    8
    Broken English is a chick-flick, but it's a good one. Posey is gut-wrenchingly believable as an insecure & neurotic 30something, the art Broken English is a chick-flick, but it's a good one. Posey is gut-wrenchingly believable as an insecure & neurotic 30something, the art direction is fantastic. But there is a key moment in this film when it stops being just chick-flick stuff and starts becoming something more magic. I dont think I would have enjoyed it as much if it weren't for that. I will definitely keep an eye out for KC's flicks. Full Review »
  3. MelS
    Mar 6, 2008
    6
    Sad. Good acting, but slow and sad.