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  • Summary: Resolutely single Don (Murray) has just been dumped by his latest lover (Delphy). Don yet again resigns himself to being alone and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. (Focus Features) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 100
    No actor is better than Bill Murray at doing nothing at all, and being fascinating while not doing it. Buster Keaton had the same gift for contemplating astonishing developments with absolute calm. Buster surrounded himself with slapstick, and in Broken Flowers Jim Jarmusch surrounds Murray with a parade of formidable women.
  2. Like a perfect, short-lived love affair, its pleasure is accompanied by a palpable sting of sorrow. It leaves you wanting more, which I mean entirely as a compliment.
  3. Murray's performance is at once enormously generous and fiercely, concisely witty.
  4. Take this trip with him and chances are, you'll find the journey increasingly funny and touching.
  5. This is Murray's subtlest performance, and one of his best.
  6. 75
    In the wasteland of August releases, this entry shines like a beacon lighting the way to a theater.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Audiences will laugh, mainly to prove they're awake, but the humor is pretty thin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 99
  2. Negative: 37 out of 99
  1. NickN
    Jul 5, 2007
    A clever and meaningful film about a middle aged man reflecting on his life and his future. If you think the movie has no end, you're an idiot and you have no idea what they're trying to say. I can see the criticism that it moves slowly, because some people aren't able to engage without constant fireworks. Expand
  2. TedC.
    Feb 21, 2006
    A great movie, possibly my #1 for the year. One of the best endings to a movie I've seen in ages, and a great soundtrack to boot. The kind of movie that sticks with you for a long time after watching it. It will go down as one of Jarmusch's finest and possibly Murray's best late-career performance. Expand
  3. JeffM.
    Aug 11, 2006
    Delightfully low-key. Could have been a truly great film had there been more insight into Bill Murray's character, but as it is, it's still a subtle charmer. Expand
  4. LindaL.
    Nov 20, 2005
    I'm a big fan of Bill Murray, but felt I had seen this character before -- in all his recent movies, in fact. Don't expect a midlife "High Fidelity," with the guy gaining all kinds of insights through women from his past. Murray's hangdog character asks little, reveals little and learns nothing. Expand
  5. DougR.
    Aug 22, 2005
    A mediocre movie that did not live up to the critics raves. I think they liked the director and actors and wanted to find something nice to say. Even my wife almost fell asleep and she really was looking forward to it from the reviews. How you could walk out and rave about that movie is beyond me. Expand
  6. George
    Sep 23, 2005
    I agree with Michael G.: Murry "masters" the same unemotional bump on a log that he's played in his 5 previous roles, and the bit is old. This business of "no actor is better that Bill Murry at doing noting at all, and being fascinating while not doing it" (Ebert) is amazing to me. When one's "fascinating" while doing nothing, and is then praised for it, I think someone should point out what that really means:you are lazy and you lack range. If doing nothing is what is now considered acting, sign me up. I can do nothing with the best of them. Expand
  7. GregG
    Aug 24, 2005
    Where is a flashlight when I need one? My wife and I wanted to play gin rummy! Come on, Bill! This is beyond subtle. This is beyond deadpan. This is beyond the beyond! Don't waste your money. Expand

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