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Brokedown Palace (1999)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

Lacks credibility and tension.



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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 37,696

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Two carefree Americans embark on an overseas vacation that soon becomes a nightmare in this powerful drama. Alice (Claire Danes) is a headstrong teenager who wants to do something different to celebrate her high school graduation, so she persuades her more reserved best friend Darlene (Kate Beckinsale) to join her on a trip to Bangkok. While enjoying sun and scenery, Alice and Darlene meet Nick Parks (Daniel Lapaine), a charming Australian who shows them the sights and sweet-talks Darlene into a


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Adam Fields, David Arata

Dec 18, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (24) | DVD (12)

about as thrilling as a long line at customs. The screenplay (is)apparently based on those recorded warnings played in airports... Danes and Beckinsale struggle to bring some conviction to a story sorely in need of it.

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comment (1)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Offensively stupid.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Explores friendship as a school of virtue where trust and honesty are always tested.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

...trite, implausible, and annoying.

April 7, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Teenage girls whine and pout in prison. Not as fun as it sounds.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Far messier and more corrupt than the society it attempts to portray.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Perky print ads for this gravely earnest drama suggest a cosmetics campaign and, ironically enough, end up painting a more accurate picture of what the film is really like.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

A glossy Hollywoodization of a serious subject that is as far from the bright lights of Hollywood as could possibly be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Brokedown Palace

Brokedown Palace is a powerful drama film about two friends that are accused of drug smuggling and are sentenced to spend 33 years in prison. The prison they are sent to is nicknamed "broke down palace", and it's a prison that has an awful reputation. Brokedown Palace has a very good cast of actors, and I have to say, Kate Beckinsale really shines here, considering her body of work. This one of her best films, and I also thought that Claire Danes was terrific as well. Some parts of the film are uneven, but for the most part this is a very good drama film that is held together by the performances of its two leads. This is good film, one that has a good story. If you ever get the chance of watching Brokedown Palace, you should give it a shot. I normally don't care much for Beckinsale, although I liked in her in some of the films I've seen her in, this is a good little film. The film is nothing that will make you write home about, but for what its, it's a well made drama film that has an engaging story. Where the film tends to lack is when the two friends start questioning each other, once they're in prison. I felt that it was a bit too dramatic, but it was still good nonetheless. They could've just toned it down slightly, I think. A good film that has a few imperfections, but it has an engaging and interesting story with above decent acting. An interesting drama film worth seeing at least once.
August 28, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This women prison drama is powerful as the acting is excellent and the photography is stunning.
December 18, 2007
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

This is a pretty good drama and the casting was great. I like that it lets you decide for yourself who did what at the end. It was a complete story.
August 2, 2007

Super Reviewer

A very good film based on true events. Great performances from both actressess. Has a made for TV feel to it but the story is good and well told. One of those films you never heard of before that turns out to be very good. Cool soundtrack to.
July 1, 2007

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