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Broken City Reviews

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Wesley Morris
January 6, 2014
It's a local-government corruption thriller that doesn't care about logic or consistency or the people watching it.
Travis Hopson
October 5, 2013
Broken City is passable, occasionally entertaining but ultimately uninspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A complete mess, this drama is packed with sophomoric political ideas, unfocused storylines and inane dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 22, 2013
the screenplay, filled with hackneyed implausibilities and trite characterization, constantly lets everyone down
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
March 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Stamp
March 14, 2013
Alarm bells started ringing when every terse exchange proved chuckle worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 14, 2013
A solidly old-fashioned crime thriller that ploughs the familiar furrow of cops, crooks and corruption in New York City.
Dave White
March 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
March 10, 2013
Aside from feeling bemused and confused by the end, the web of deceit that's presented is not even vaguely believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 7, 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 | Original Score: 2/10
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 5, 2013
In the end, the cards fall roughly where you'd expect them to in a clichéd thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
March 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2013
The results are as jaded and dull as Crowe's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 3, 2013
It's moderately enjoyable, well acted and both complicated and simplistic.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2013
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2013
Excelling in the smarmy stakes, Russell Crowe is back in form as a crooked New York Mayor...
Rich Cline
March 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 1, 2013
Wahlberg and Crowe. Together at last. So overwhelming. Can't breathe for testosterone. Can't even write complete sentences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
March 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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