Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. 38
    This is one of those movies that's too cool to have a plot.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    It might be that Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) is experimenting with creating a pastiche of dreamlike sequences that audiences can interpret as they wish. Or it may be merely pretension and hubris that fuels such a stylized and insubstantial story.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Jarmusch has come up with a dud.
  4. 30
    Jarmusch makes some effort to deliver on the promise of suspense near the end, with de Bankole stalking despicable businessman Bill Murray at his fortresslike compound in the hills.
  5. The result is that rare movie specimen, a completely intentional, expertly guided work of art that fails almost completely.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    20
    This beautifully shot and painstakingly constructed film is a self-indulgent bucket of hogwash.
  7. 12
    Jarmusch is making some kind of a point. I think the point is that if you strip a story down to its bare essentials, you will have very little left. I wonder how he pitched this idea to his investors.
  8. Jim Jarmusch's Dada meander, shot by Christopher Doyle, is empty and excruciating -- that's really all you need to know.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. MichaelB
    Oct 3, 2009
    0
    Yes, how did he get the backers for this empty nonsense, he obviously didn't show them the rushes.
  2. JamesJ.
    Jul 17, 2009
    10
    I do not agree with the negativity of the critics. Hardly ever does a movie delve so deeply into the depth of the cinematic universe. This film distills the art and history of cinema into a picturesque haiku. Bravo, JJ! Full Review »
  3. DH
    May 13, 2009
    9
    This is a pretty fantastic movie -- while I wouldn't expect popular audiences to embrace this film, I'm kind of stunned it's getting such negative attention from critics. Full Review »