• R, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Allen Hughes
    In Theaters:
    Jan 18, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 30, 2013
  • 20th Century Fox


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Broken City Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's a local-government corruption thriller that doesn't care about logic or consistency or the people watching it.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 6, 2014
Travis Hopson

Broken City is passable, occasionally entertaining but ultimately uninspiring.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A complete mess, this drama is packed with sophomoric political ideas, unfocused storylines and inane dialogue.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 1.0/5

June 30, 2013
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

the screenplay, filled with hackneyed implausibilities and trite characterization, constantly lets everyone down

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2013

It is predictable procedural fodder - you can see the "twists" coming a mile away - but done with enough conviction to paper over the plot holes and cliches.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2013
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

It has ideas and, in places, verve, but it can't help but feel like a pretty standard thriller with some big names rather erroneously attached

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2013
Tony Stamp

Alarm bells started ringing when every terse exchange proved chuckle worthy.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

A solidly old-fashioned crime thriller that ploughs the familiar furrow of cops, crooks and corruption in New York City.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

March 14, 2013
Dave White

Welcome to the broken city... where honorable anti-heroes with dark pasts can get double-crossed and mixed up with good guys who're really bad guys... where doing the right thing will put you IN TOO DEEP. It's a drag to be here.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 11, 2013
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

Aside from feeling bemused and confused by the end, the web of deceit that's presented is not even vaguely believable.

Full Review Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 5/10

March 10, 2013

Acting drunk looks easy but its certainly not. So when Wahlberg hits the bottle, we are treated to what must be the most laughable screen lush in cinema history.

Full Review Source: UTV | Original Score: 2/10

March 7, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

In the end, the cards fall roughly where you'd expect them to in a clichéd thriller.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 2/5

March 5, 2013
Simon Miraudo

Broken City may break new ground when it comes to pioneering cinematic scowls, but that's the only area where the cast is able to elevate the banal material.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

March 4, 2013

The results are as jaded and dull as Crowe's performance.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

March 3, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's moderately enjoyable, well acted and both complicated and simplistic.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 3, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Mark Wahlberg builds a credible and complex charaterisation as the flawed character whose route to redemption is paved with treachery. He's the best thing going for Broken City

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 1, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Excelling in the smarmy stakes, Russell Crowe is back in form as a crooked New York Mayor...

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 1, 2013
Rich Cline

While this thriller plays with themes of political ethics and ambition, it merely lets them simmer in the background. Director Hughes is clearly much more interested in macho posturing and the convoluted scandal-based plot.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2013
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Wahlberg and Crowe. Together at last. So overwhelming. Can't breathe for testosterone. Can't even write complete sentences.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2013
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

When it comes to long-form tales of political intrigue, television serials are fast encroaching on cinema's patch, and if this very ordinary thriller is the best Hollywood can do, it might as well cede the whole territory.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

March 1, 2013
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