• 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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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
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
Erick Weber
January 18, 2013

A tedious, needlessly-convoluted clunker.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Tony Stamp
March 14, 2013

Alarm bells started ringing when every terse exchange proved chuckle worthy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
January 21, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tyler Chase
Paste Magazine
January 25, 2013

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 | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Henry Martin
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
Neil Pond
American Profile
January 30, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
January 17, 2013

Tired and predictable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
January 25, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
January 18, 2013

"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 | 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
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
January 18, 2013

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

Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 17, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 18, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

Broken City? More appropriately, Broken Movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
January 18, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
January 17, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
Alonso Duralde
Top Critic
January 16, 2013

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

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