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

Broken City Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
Top Critic
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
Examiner.com
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
Jim Schembri
3AW
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
Flicks.co.nz
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
Movies.com
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
Brian Henry Martin
UTV
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
Quickflix
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
Alistair Harkness
Scotsman
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
Contactmusic.com
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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