Garden State
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In the wake of his success on the hit NBC sitcom Scrubs, actor Zach Braff made his debut behind the camera writing, directing, and starring in this bittersweet romantic comedy. Braff plays Andrew Largeman, a young man who has just received word of his mother's passing. With this news, Andrew returns to the town in which he grew up, where he is greeted by his father, Gideon (Ian Holm), a psychiatrist. In addition to mourning the loss of his mother, Andrew is also attempting to adjust to life without the emotionally numbing antidepressants that he has recently opted to discontinue using.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Feels too piecemeal and ultimately inconsequential to grab the public where it counts."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Cleverly written, sensitively directed and very well-acted."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Although flawed, Garden State is a good-natured film whose very likeability leaves you willing to overlook its shortcomings."
‑ , Film4
"There is not a shot in this movie that doesn't shine..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[A] goofy, melancholy, seriocomic slice of life..."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"This is a movie where 'sensitivity' and 'sincerity' are signposted by songs by Paul Simon and Nick Drake, which I guess says it all."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Smart drama for mature older teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Actor Zach Braff (NBC's "Scrubs") makes an impressive if unsatisfying writing and directing debut with a plaintive post-modern drama that relies on unspoken dry wit to entertain its audience (think a cross between "Harold and Maude" and "The Graduate")."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's good to see Natalie Portman acting again."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Braff, who also wrote and directs, tells this story with great flair, lots of subtlety and a wonderfully paced set of revelations that come to us just as they might in real life."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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