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Garden State

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Zach Braff

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About the Movie

Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) returns to his hometown for the funeral of his clinically depressed mother, a journey that reconnects him with some of his past friends. Because the trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants, he also begins to reconnect with himself. A chance meeting with Sam (Natalie Portman), a girl also suffering from various maladies, opens up the possibility of rekindling emotional attachments, confronting his psychologist father, and perhaps beginning a new life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 190
  • Fresh: 164
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The best parts of this droll, quietly witty drama have the ring of truth. – Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Jul 21, 2005

Fresh: Achingly alive, beautifully written first feature. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Cleverly written, sensitively directed and very well-acted. – Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

great movie

one of my favorites definantly. zach braff in this movie reminds me of this song by my favorite band. abuot him wanting to feel something rather then nothing even if its pain. well anyway like i said great movie one of my favorites. once i saw it once i HAD to see it again. now only if we could BUY the movie instead of just renting it >=|

Typical Indie...

This is a high-value independent film, not exactly made by a person with little experience and little money. The story is kind of dull. The acting is pretty good, but it borders on the line of soap-opera show. The writing, for the most part, is not very good. Overall, some may like the premise, but as a whole, I did not find this film enjoyable. It's a mild recommendation I'm giving it. Rent it, don't buy.

Horrible movie...don't buy it unless you want to heckle

I come from the west coast and I find this movie somewhat pointless and dumb. Do people have anything better to say than that dreadful "F" word? Come on!!! And the three kids screaming down a pit--very lame. I laughed so hard watching Natalie Portman do that "dance". That old lady at the beginning should sing at my sister's cat's funeral.

Garden State
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2004

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