• 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

Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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Somewhere in here there's a cogent, timely attack on the links between business and politics.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

February 26, 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
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Most of the roles are so ambiguous you end up scratching your head in the final reel, and some of the loose ends are so irrelevant they seem to have ended up on the cutting-room floor.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

January 23, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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What follows is not a review; it's an autopsy...one long (illustrated!) spoiler.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

January 22, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Film.com
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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
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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[An] overproduced, underobserved, yet agreeably twisty new political thriller ...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 21, 2013
Rob Salem
Toronto Star
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Did these people - or even these people's people - not bother to read the script first?

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

January 20, 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
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Broken City is one of those movies in which characters keep reminding you that nothing is what it seems, and sure enough, there's more going on here than mere infidelity. But the audience is hard-pressed to follow exactly what it is.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The film is a collection of crime noir oddments that don't add up to a full meal.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

January 18, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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When any film works, it's a miracle; when it doesn't, it's this.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 18, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A more-than-pleasant change from the month's parade of horror films and trash comedies.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2013
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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Like the film's shady mayor, "Broken City" is a little too slick for its own good.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

January 18, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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There's rarely a believable moment ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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You may want to account for low expectations, but the crime drama "Broken City" turns out to be much better -- and funnier and more suspenseful -- than both trailer and release date portend.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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In the end, Wahlberg knows what he needs to know and takes sober satisfaction in a job well done. And the audience knows everything, too, but is less satisfied.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Few, if any, of the characters are believable and the twists the story takes are telegraphed well beforehand, or fairly guessable. Much of the plot gets bogged down with excess exposition.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Nothing clicks, nothing resonates, everything's broken.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 17, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's frustrating, because the cast is so natty and ready for action.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 17, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The only reason to see this dreary parade of deception and venality is Mark Wahlberg's performance as a disgraced ex-cop caught up in the thick of menacing events he can't understand.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 17, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"Broken City" wants to get heavy about politics and corruption, but all it's really saying is: 'Twas ever thus.

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

January 17, 2013
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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As an opportunity for hard-boiled types to trade threats, blows and caustic banter, this modern-day noir works reasonably well.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 17, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Another January dud. Broken City drops hot-shot actors in a quicksand of clichés and watches them sink.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 17, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Broken City? More appropriately, Broken Movie.

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

January 17, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Broken City" is a fractured movie.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Wahlberg does what Wahlberg does, bringing muscular conviction to his troubled, tough-guy role. The city may be broken, but the movie star's formula is working fine.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

January 17, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Wahlberg, at least, keeps the story watchable. But even he can't fix what's irreversibly broken.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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You could do worse on a slow Saturday night when there's nothing else on cable. But as the implausibilities and conspiracies and double-crosses pile up, "Broken City" paints itself into a corner.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2013
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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"Broken City"? More like "Broken Movie."

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 17, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Less than 24 hours later, I recall it with all the clarity of something I half-watched on a plane with a hangover in 1996.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 17, 2013
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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The actors look generally unhappy to be here, most of all Crowe, who seems even more miserable than he did in Les Misérables.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 17, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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As it turns out, there are eight million and one stories in the naked city.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 17, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Did "Broken City" have to be quite so dull and humorless and artificial?

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 17, 2013
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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: The Wrap

January 16, 2013
Justin Chang
Variety
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Broken City is an evocative and over-ambitious title for a so-so political potboiler that wants to be a gritty, expansive epic of moral and urban decay.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 16, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Would have made for a fine film noir 60 years ago but feels rather contrived and unbelievable in the setting of contemporary New York.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 16, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Everything is simultaneously too complicated and overly spelled out.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 16, 2013
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