A week in the life of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver in the city of Paterson, NJ. The film follows Paterson as he balances the everyday demands of his working-class job with his passion for poetry and the creative aspirations of his stay-at-home wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani ). Indie darling, Jim Jarmusch, wrote and directed this meditative, slice-of-life dramedy.
Washington Post/Ann Hornaday
Viewers are treated to a portrait of romantic devotion, contentment and vocation all the more affecting for being so utterly, unapologetically heartfelt.
New Yorker/Richard Brody
"Paterson" is simultaneously a paean to art and a tribute to working men-long-suffering men who toil in thankless isolation on repetitive jobs, carrying family responsibilities on their shoulders.
Rolling Stone/Peter Travers
Adam Driver gives his loveliest, most lyrical performance in this Jim Jarmusch film-one of the year's best-that takes its good, sweet time working its way into your mind and heart. But when it does, you're a goner.
Chicago Reader/Jonathan Rosenbaum
Like many of Jarmusch's best films, this keeps surprising us with its minimal, witty inflections, at once epic and small-scale.
Entertainment Weekly/Chris Nashawaty
There's a hushed beauty to Paterson and Paterson that celebrates the way in which even the most ordinary, prosaic lives can be full of poetry.
A.V. Club/A.A. Dowd
Paterson turns out to be something really special: a sublimely mellow comedy about everyday life.