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Broken Flowers (2005)



Critic Consensus: Bill Murray's subtle and understated style complements director Jim Jarmusch's minimalist storytelling in this quirky, but deadpan comedy.

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The resolutely single Don has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. 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. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present.

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Bill Murray
as Don Johnston
Sharon Stone
as Laura Miller
Frances Conroy
as Dora Anderson
Chloë Sevigny
as Carmen's Assistant
Meredith Patterson
as Flight Attendant
Jennifer Rapp
as Girl on Bus
Nicole Abisinio
as Girl on Bus
Dared Wright
as Rabbit Owner
Suzanne Hevner
as Mrs. Dorston
Brian F. McPeck
as Guy in SUV
Matthew McAuley
as Guy in SUV
Pell James
as Sun Green
Ryan Donowho
as Young Man on Bus
Homer Murray
as Kid in Car
Mark Webber
as The Kid
Jarry Fall
as Winston and Mona's Kid
Korka Fall
as Winston and Mona's Kid
Saul Holland
as Winston and Mona's Kid
Niles Lee Wilson
as Winston and Mona's Kid
Zakira Holland
as Winston and Mona's Kid
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Critic Reviews for Broken Flowers

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (54)

Funny, bittersweet, its understatement yielding surprising depth charges, Broken Flowers is a triumph of close observation and telling details.

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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... Broken Flowers, coming from a postcode of its own, doesn't quite deliver.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The ending is sublime, a set piece that almost makes up for the overwhelming slightness of it all.

August 16, 2007 | Full Review…

After a career of deadpanning, Murray's impassive performance is still fresh, funny, sympathetic and restrained.

September 28, 2006 | Full Review…

Subtle, warm direction from Jim Jarmusch and another Oscar-worthy performance from Bill Murray -- will the Academy just give him a statue, already?

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Murray manages, almost impossibly, to come up with still another rich variation on his Depleted Man persona, and his performance is at once enormously generous and fiercely, concisely witty.

December 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for Broken Flowers


The films of Jim Jarmusch are offbeat and quirky. This film continues that tradition. It also continues a recent trend of Bill Murray playing a sad sack character who is miserable and a mess, much like Jack Nicholson's character in About Schmidt. This film is a good one, and, while there's nothing really wrong with it per se, it's not great either. It just feels like things are set to autopilot. The performances from a wonderful cast are great though, as is the art direction/set design. I also liked the music, especially the inclusion of an excerpt from the song "Dopesmoker" by Sleep. Had I not already seen a handful of other films similar to this one, I would probably say that this film is absolutely brilliant. As it is though, I liked it, but think my enjoyment is mostly due to being a fan.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Jarmusch's gets back to true form after two mediocre projects. Bill Murray puts in yet another great performance.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


"You are the Don Juan." The film focuses on an aging "Don Juan" who embarks on a cross-country journey to track down four of his former lovers after receiving an anonymous letter stating that he has a son.

A carefully constructed but also indulgent film. It's a mix of the symbolically heavy Punch Drunk Love and the inexplicable metaphor of Mulholland Drive. Luckily it's a more straightforward story than either of these films and it's successful as a comedy, full of jokes and good humour. Key to this latter point is, of course, Bill Murray, for whom Jarmusch claims to have written the screenplay. His brand of almost inscrutably dry humour shouldn't really make one laugh on paper, but it works magnificently in the event. He's gifted a partner as straight-guy in Jeffrey Wright's Winston, whose meticulously created accent is worth the viewing alone. The film is a mixture of road trip and whodunnit, using the mystery of the letter that prompts Murray's trip to drive the rite-of-passage he takes. By the end there are no realist answers to realist questions (the provenance of the letter(s) is probably the same as that of the video tapes in Michael Haneke's Cache) but Don may well be enlightened nonetheless.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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