Broken English Synopsis
A single woman (Parker Posey) meets a possible soul mate in a visiting Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud).
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Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
Broken English takes 30 minutes to do what most romantic comedies manage with a simple montage. That's a good thing, by the way.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
As a director, Cassavetes is a keen observer of character and social interaction but not yet much of a visual stylist (which might also...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As charmingly verklemmt New York women with bad luck in men and good luck in apartments go, Nora Wilder in Broken English has all the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Demonstrating that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, the screenwriter-director has delivered a well-observed film boasting highly...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Cassavetes, who wrote the script, proves her skill with actors in this woozy push-and-pull of slurred compliments and shaky hopes for...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Posey is a delight throughout, and Zoe Cassavetes is clearly a filmmaker to watch.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Both neurotic and endearing, it's so carefully accessorized you may not even notice that, at heart, it's a standard-issue romantic comedy.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is a very good movie named "Before Sunset" that begins more or less where this one ends. Which tells you something right there.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A conventional New York-lonely hearts story made watchable by one element and one element only: Parker Posey.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Broken English doesn't break any code or offer original insights on the subject. But there's a spark whenever Posey and Poupaud are...
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Broken English

By film_kid
One of the most amazing, down to earth, slice-of-life, realistic yet uplifting romantic comedy but so NOT a romantic comedy that I've seen in years!! Director Zoe Cassavetes (daughter of John...

broken english

By torrnado
to say i enjoyed broken english would be an understatement. this movie struck home with me like few others. a bit slow for your average audience, i found it was wonderfully acted, awkward, painful,...

A film for those who want not just companionship in life, but want magic with love

By embraceofthedarkness
A really enjoyable movie with a sense of genuine reality with what can go through the mind of someone who's hopeful yet hopeless at all once with finding love and a sense of self. Parker Posey...

Sensitive, Engaging and Darkly Humorus

By R. David Stephens
This is a brilliant debut film for Zoe Cassavetes with an exceptional performance by Parker Posey, rich and multi-layered. The supporting roles are perfectly cast, and the film has a strong emotional...

Discovering the Joy of Life

By souldocinla
If you believe in the magic of love, the synchronicity of fate, and the hope that you can have the love that your heart desires, go see this movie. If you no longer belive in those things, see it...

Sweeps you off Your Feet

By ginalombarda
Parker Posey finally gets a great part in this great little movie that is one of the best movies I've seen this year; I know, that's not saying a lot in a year of disappointing movies, but here is a...

Realistic, Empowering, Sexy

By teacherwriting
This movie so adeptly captures the beauty, anxiety, and insanity of a woman desperate for love and ultimately promotes female strength and independence. Julien's word choices and questions about the...

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Rated PG-13 | For some sexual content, brief drug use and language
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