Garden State
Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman shuffled through life in a lithium-induced coma until his mother's death inspired a vacation from the pills to see what might happen. A moderately successful TV actor living in Los Angeles, "Large" hasn't… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Delivering a quirky spin on familiar twentysomething tropes -- with a cannily-placed soundtrack -- Garden State has enough charm to mark a winning debut for first-time director Zach Braff.

Todd McCarthy

Feels too piecemeal and ultimately inconsequential to grab the public where it counts.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Cleverly written, sensitively directed and very well-acted.

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Although flawed, Garden State is a good-natured film whose very likeability leaves you willing to overlook its shortcomings.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This is a movie where 'sensitivity' and 'sincerity' are signposted by songs by Paul Simon and Nick Drake, which I guess says it all.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

His movie is sweet-natured and skillful, but its biggest problem is perhaps one Braff wasn't prepared to deal with: his own performance -- or, more accurately, the decision to place a deliberately flat performance at the film's heart.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Smart drama for mature older teens and up.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Braff, Ms. Portman, Mr. Sarsgaard and Mr. Holm never strike a false note as a remarkably coherent acting ensemble, and it is good to see Ron Leibman again in the small role of Doctor Cohen.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Garden State may not define an entire generation, but it has a sharp eye for the passive aimlessness that can take hold when young adults realize there's no handbook on how to find purpose and meaning in life.

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Nick Rogers

It's no longer a generational alarm clock, but for those who've seen loved ones stumble through complacent fogs of Paxil, Zoloft and the like, "Garden State" still warns that "stability" doesn't mean a numbness to anything not emotionally even-keeled.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Touching and charming, Garden States features great performances (especially from Natalie Portman) and an interesting premise. It also contains some memorable… More
Joe McCall
Pretentious in the extreme. About as entertaining as watching paint dry.
Greg S
A small-time actor (Zach Braff), doped up on heroic doses of antidepressants, returns home to New Jersey for his mother's funeral and finds love with a… More
Liam Gadd
I love this thing.
Spencer S.
The directorial debut of sitcom actor Zach Braff, many were impressed and surprised by the serious depth and eccentric writing in the script. Also starring in… More
Alice Shen
It's a shame that Zach Braff took every quirky and romantic thing he knew and put it into this one movie, thus ensuring his inability to make anything else… More