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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
Shot with a lovely warm hue by Rob Hardy, Broken has enough great moments to make it worthwhile. Yet, the naggingly problematic final sequences leave a bitter taste. Do they undo a solid first hour? That's up to the individual viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
July 19, 2013
Broken simply can't get it together on any level, delivering a tedious drama, that for all the characters and over-emoting, doesn't have much to say.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
July 19, 2013
A startlingly natural performance by Ms. Laurence, along with her superb supporting cast under the mostly spot-on direction by Norris, help make all the Sturm und Drang that occurs within 'Broken' extremely palatable.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2013
The comic and tragic elements are nicely balanced, and the three families' stories neatly and economically knit together.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
July 19, 2013
If not for Laurence's bemused, slowly comprehending take on all the drama around her, "Broken" would seem to wallow in misery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 19, 2013
Although there are some light moments and traces of dark humor, Broken's overall aura is one of dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
July 19, 2013
Broken is close to being a great little film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ben Kenigsberg
RogerEbert.com
July 19, 2013
An absorbing coming-of-age drama that suddenly, pointlessly self-destructs with an onslaught of cheap ironies and overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 19, 2013
[It] drives its plot via an interesting and unusual character: the female victim who's actually a wholesale liar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 18, 2013
"Broken'' embraces the sort of unappealing British miserabilism perfected by "Ratcatcher" director Lynne Ramsay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 18, 2013
At a certain point, Mr. Norris forsakes realism for theatricalized fantasy, and "Broken" ultimately loses its stylistic cohesion, if not its humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
July 18, 2013
While the third-act meltdown badly damages the movie, it doesn't erase the assured, preternatural confidence that first-time director Rufus Norris demonstrates before the material finally overwhelms him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 18, 2013
Norris has adapted Daniel Clay's young adult novel with a sensitivity that will appeal to teens and adults alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2013
Solidly done if somewhat unremarkable, there is nothing particularly wrong with "Broken," nothing that needs fixing exactly, and yet it never fully comes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nick Schager
AV Club
July 18, 2013
Doggedly manipulative and yet consistently affecting, Broken piles on the miserablism to almost unbearable effect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 17, 2013
An English coming-of-age tale with an appealing performance by Eloise Laurence as an 11-year old trying to make her way in a violent world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 17, 2013
Awkward music cues and choppy camera work add baggage to a film so overwrought that its excesses seem more unintentionally silly than bleakly disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
July 16, 2013
Unfortunately, Broken lives up to its mawkish title, and the slice-of-life tragedies of the film's first half devolve into manipulative melodrama in the latter part.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
July 16, 2013
Director Rufus Norris deftly mixes gritty realism and lyrical impressionism, though its five-car pileup of a climax ultimately makes the film feel less a Greek tragedy than a miniseries in miniature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
July 13, 2013
It's the rare coming-of-age narrative that manages to respect the tricky ambiguities of shifting perceptions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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