Broken English
Broken English (2007)

A single thirtysomething whose friends all seem to be romantically involved, happily married, or with child meets an eccentric Frenchman who shows her just what an amazing place the world can truly be in director Zoe Cassavetes' entry… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 22, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Broken English eventually settles into basic rom-com territory, it's pleasant and good-natured, and Parker Posey is spellbinding throughout the movie.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

How Posey's neurotic, self-destructive heroine finds her way to healing is the core of this generous film, whose moral is that happiness can't begin unless you're open to its possibility.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Cassavetes supplies no easy answers or easy laughs, forgoing romantic-comedy beats in respect for Nora's desperation. Call this confection a romantic-dramedy with humor on wry.

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Heather Huntington

Broken English surprised me all around: I didn't expect to be particularly impressed with it, and instead it turns out to be not only one of my favorite films I've see this year, but it will probably earn a spot in the all-time annals for me.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A likable but wan romance.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Broken English establishes a sympathetic character, gets Parker Posey to make her real, and then grinds her in the gears of a plot we cannot believe.

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Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire

Posey's admirers will experience a sensual intoxication that fans always experience when their film goddesses are at their very best.

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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

Filmmaking is a family affair for the Cassavetes, and Zoe inherits the unpretentious, performance-driven style from her father, John, while delivering a love story that's accessible enough for mainstream audiences, a trick learned from her brother Nick.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

A promising first film with moments exceeding that promise.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

This isn't the best independent film we've seen starring Miss Posey, but she is the reason this one works.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A desperately lonely (not my words; hers: "I'm embarrassed at my own desperation") woman fails to find love in NYC so she follows a man to Paris.… More
William Dunmyer
[size=3]"Broken English" is a lovely little film, reminiscent of Sofia Coppola's magical and under-stated "Lost in Translation." It… More
Robert C
I hesitate to call this a "romantic comedy" as the acting is far too solid to justify the stigma that (in my mind) comes with that moniker, even… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Broken English," the most distinguishing character trait of Nora Wilder(Parker Posey, futilely trying to breathe depth into a… More
Leigh Ryan
Pretty good...
William Goss
Posey's at her most relaxed in otherwise middling rom-com.