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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) Expand
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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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  1. Positive: 46 out of 99
  2. Negative: 37 out of 99
  1. Nov 2, 2010
    I love Bill Murray. With that out of the way you might want to take my review with caution because it seems not everyone thinks this movie is great. I find slow depressing movies very touching and I simply like the way I feel and connect with these type of films. If you can relate to this then you need to go rent or even buy this movie ASAP. Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If you want a movie with no plot progression, setting, or acting this is a movie for you.
    If you ever wanted to watch Bill Murray sit on the couch silently for minutes at a time, you my friend are in for a treat.
    If you want to accentuate the monotony of life by watching a movie where nothing happens, and nobody goes anywhere and like life has no conclusions stop right here you found the one.
    If you want a movie that actually entertains then stop reading this and go find any other movie.

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