Garden State
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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 been home to the "Garden State" in nine years. But even with 3,000 miles between them, he's been unable to escape his domineering father Gideon and the silencing effect he's had on his son from afar. Stunned to find himself in his hometown after such a long absence, Large finds old acquaintances around every corner living quite unique lives… 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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