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2,021 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?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Paterson

    In our world of billionaires and celebrities, scandals and disasters, it is so refreshing to watch a picture about ordinary people in everyday life. Also this is a film about poetry and love. In what may be Jarmusch's best film since Down By Law, the city of Paterson, NJ is the co-star, its 1880s-1940s architecture untouched and its former inhabitants-William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsburg, Lou Costello-still alive.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Paterson

    If Don Johnston had a whole week to tune into the charmingly relatable rhythms of the bus conversation overheard in "Broken Flowers", you would have "Paterson". The poetry of words is held aloft by the unique poetry of cinema, the beauty of everyday moments waiting to be discovered like the invitation of an empty page. Transcendent and lovely.

  • 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.

  • Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film Paterson

    Ode to simple life, to the self-accomplishment through art, in parallel to daily work. Above all the couple, center of self-realization. JARMUSCH is a philosopher who always distills his lighting to the sound of a superb music. === Ode à la vie simple, à l'accomplissement de soi par l'art, en parallèle au travail quotidien. Le couple, centre de la réalisation de soi. JARMUSCH philosophe, au son d'une superbe musique.

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