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Garden State

HD   R Closed Captioning

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: 188
  • Fresh: 162
  • 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


In my opinion, this movie is nothing short of perfect. Zach Braff (writer, director, star, and collaborator of the film's grammy-winning soundtrack), does an incredible job at filling in all of these roles in this wonderful and heartwarming, yet subtly meloncholy and quirky comedy about the spectrum of human emotion and finding oneself. Natalie and Zach have wonderful chemistry, and keep you chuckling under your breath while still allowing you to relate to their extremely realistic interpretaions of their characters. I absolutely love this film. It is hilarious, and the end left me with an indescribable feeling that I have never sensed before. It is one that makes you think afterwards, about your own life and experiences. This film means a lot to me, and I strongly reccomend it to everyone.

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 >=|


THIS IS AN AMAZING MOVIE! i'm from nj. i love it. its great. apple, make it buyable. ill buy it, but this whole renting thing seems kinda silly....ppl can just go out to the video store, b/c u only have it for a few days anyway....

Garden State
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2004

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