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1,747 Ratings


Directed by Jim Jarmusch
United States, 2016
Drama, Comedy, Romance


Set in the present in Paterson, New Jersey, this is a tale about a bus driver and poet.

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Paterson Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Palm Dog

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Film

What are people saying?

  • Severus Snape's rating of the film Paterson

    (3,5) There’s an old song my grandfather used to sing that has the question, “Or would you rather be a fish?” In the same song is the same question but with a mule and a pig, but the one I hear sometimes in my head is the fish one. Just that one line. Would you rather be a fish? As if the rest of the song didn’t have to be there.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Paterson

    A charming film about the beauty in everyday life and the simple pleasures. The performances are all excellent and Adam Driver is quickly becoming one of our finest actors. Golshifteh Farahani is lovely here and also deserves more work stateside. Marvin the dog was one of the best dog performances I've ever seen. A great film about poetry which will without a doubt renew the love of writing in many who watch it.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Paterson

    [#6.000th rating] One of the harshest topics to tackle on film: poetry and by extension poets. 1st impression? Underwhelmed by the listless and tepid quality of Ron Padgett's poetry. To be fair the best poem is the one read out loud by the young poet (poem was actually written by Jarmusch himself). Questions: would it not have been better to have JJ write the poems for Paterson? Being that he's an aspiring poet? ▽

  • José Neves's rating of the film Paterson

    Digital. A film that lives exclusively on an authorial convention by its own author and that is so stimulating that doesn't give the will to write about it, except to curse the idea of a supposed automatic acquired sympathy for the dog, the protagonist's wife (so irritating) and the so-called-poetry.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Paterson

    The latest from Jim Jarmusch tells a low key tale of the importance of art and creation in everyday life and how it enriches the basic poetry of existence. Golshifteh Farahani is simply wonderful as Laura who lets her artistic whims take her from one day to the next while her partner Paterson (Adam Driver) expresses his artistic flair in a more personal and private way. Authenticity of relationship is sublime.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Paterson

    Review Posted at Aesthetics of the Mind: Through its dreamlike aesthetic, lethargic rhythm, and patterned mise-en-scene, Jim Jarmusch’s densely philosophical tone poem manages to convey a certain unutterable phenomenology, one which is surrealistically experienced in life’s poetic coincidences and confusions. 94/100

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Paterson

    Jim Jarmusch’s dreamily, defiantly inert double-tribute to New York School poetry and New Jersey’s third-largest city is my favorite film of his in years, which isn't about to keep me from kvetching about it at length. 3.4.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Paterson

    Jim Jarmusch masterfully dissects the world of extraordinary people doing ordinary things to get by. Favorite moments: the scene with the young poet, the Moonrise Kingdom duo, and any of the scenes with Golshifteh Farahani—who is stunning.