• 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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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
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

A tedious, needlessly-convoluted clunker.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: D

January 18, 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
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know

It never gets that exciting, slows down with unnecessary plot points, and isn't anything more than a breezy Saturday afternoon cable movie.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 21, 2013
Tyler Chase
Paste Magazine

Broken City starts and sputters, never blazing a clear path to the redemption for which its characters yearn. All the ingredients are here, but everything just ends up half baked.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6/10

January 25, 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
Neil Pond
American Profile

Feels, looks and sounds like it's pouting that it can't be a smoldering 1940s pulp detective drama instead of a modern-day crime thriller that needs to lure audiences into multiplexes alongside screens offering far more bang for the buck.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 30, 2013
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal

Tired and predictable.

Full Review Source: Akron Beacon Journal | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

A political thriller that's never quite as smart as you wish it were.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 3/5

January 25, 2013
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

"Broken City" is a completely forgettable film. It's not a terrible movie; it features a solid cast and polished directing by Allen Hughes. It's not all that good either.

Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 2/5

January 18, 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
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!

'Broken City' isn't a bad movie. Just an unremarkable one. It plays like imitation Sidney Lumet. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 18, 2013
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

There's nothing actively offensive about Broken City, but there's nothing memorable or interesting about it, either.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 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
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

[Broken City] is only a slight film that might be worth a rental.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 5/10

January 18, 2013
James Berardinelli
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Broken City? More appropriately, Broken Movie.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It is not that Broken City -- boasting a cast worth big expectations -- is bad, exactly. But it is deeply mediocre. When they say television dramas are getting the better of the movies, this is the sort of middling outing that proves it.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2013
Nell Minow

It's too bad to see top talent slumming in an underwritten, under-thought, under-whelming piece of multiplex fodder.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: C

January 17, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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A movie with Lumet-ian aspirations which, like the corrupt NYC mayor at its center, can barely handle the weight of its own ambitions.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

January 16, 2013
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