Broken Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 5, 2013
Norris works hard to inject some joy and wonder into what could easily be a much more dark and miserable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Charles Gant
Variety
December 18, 2012
Norris' film does find a beating heart, if not exactly a focus, in the tender father-daughter relationship between Archie and Skunk, nicely underplayed by Roth and Laurence.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2012
The film is rich in poignant moments and negotiates its frequent shifts from violence to gentleness to sorrow with sensitivity.