Broken City Reviews

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Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 5, 2013
Broken City is passable, occasionally entertaining but ultimately uninspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
March 1, 2013
Although Broken City promises more than is ultimately delivered, it remains an easy to indulge in thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
February 28, 2013
It doesn't really ring true but it's fun and well performed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
February 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
February 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
February 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Nour Habib
Tulsa World
February 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Hannah McGill
The List
February 11, 2013
Forgive some misconceived scenes and weird directorial decisions, and there's enough charisma and intrigue onscreen for a decent wallow in wickedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 2, 2013
...a perfunctory and distressingly forgettable piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 24, 2013
Mark Wahlberg's charisma elevates this run of the mill drama to above average entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
January 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
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