• 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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Travis Hopson

Broken City is passable, occasionally entertaining but ultimately uninspiring.

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

October 5, 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
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
Stefan Pape

Although Broken City promises more than is ultimately delivered, it remains an easy to indulge in thriller.

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

March 1, 2013
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

It doesn't really ring true but it's fun and well performed.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2013
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

Broken City opens solid and closes solid, and is engaging for those looking for a slickly made and well-acted Saturday night crime suspenser.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2013
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

I wouldn't call it gripping, but it's compelling enough to make you keep watching - and the performances lift a script which could be better.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2013
Siobhan Synnot

Even though it reminds you of any number of other, better pulpy variations on this theme, it's pretty watchable and at least Crowe doesn't get to sing.

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

February 25, 2013
Nour Habib
Tulsa World

The movie is thoroughly entertaining. But it is entertaining in a way that, though you enjoy each scene on its own, after it's over and you think of the work as a whole, you can't help but be less than impressed.

Full Review Source: Tulsa World | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 14, 2013
Hannah McGill
The List

Forgive some misconceived scenes and weird directorial decisions, and there's enough charisma and intrigue onscreen for a decent wallow in wickedness.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a perfunctory and distressingly forgettable piece of work.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2013
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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If you're in the mood for some slick trash featuring great actors slumming it without phoning it in, "Broken City" is a crackling good time.

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

January 28, 2013
Jackie K. Cooper

Mark Wahlberg's charisma elevates this run of the mill drama to above average entertainment.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 6/10

January 24, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
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The picture comes out swinging with both a conscience and a set of brass knuckles; it also features a Russell Crowe who doesn't, thankfully, sing. What's not to love?

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 8/10

January 22, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Crowe, so tanned and coiffed that he looks like he belongs on a copper coin, plays the mayor as a boss out of the '40s, a heartless string-puller who thinks he owns the city.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 22, 2013
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