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A Mighty Heart (2007)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 151 | Rotten: 41

Angelina Jolie conveys the full emotional range of a woman in a desperate situation in A Mighty Heart, an urgent yet tactful film about a difficult subject.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 53
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 8

Angelina Jolie conveys the full emotional range of a woman in a desperate situation in A Mighty Heart, an urgent yet tactful film about a difficult subject.



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On Jan. 23, 2002, Mariane Pearl's world changed forever. Her husband Daniel, South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid. The story drew them to Karachi where a go-between had promised access to an elusive source. As Danny left for the meeting, he told Mariane he might be late for dinner. He never returned. In the face of death, Danny's spirit of defiance and his unflinching belief in the power of journalism led Mariane to write about



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Oct 16, 2007


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All Critics (193) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (151) | Rotten (41) | DVD (31)

Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.

September 1, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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He [Winterbottom] approaches his subjects as very, very real, not just fodder for topical films.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The only drama comes in the waiting, which eventually becomes tiresome.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Winterbottom's gritty sensibility and feel for geopolitical realities is perfect for the film. There's no room for Hollywood gloss - and no need for it.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Honesty and courage are the main virtues of A Mighty Heart, which strives to shed light on dark times. Central to it is Jolie's laudable performance.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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No preaching and no proselytizing. Just a horrible happening in a continually complicated world.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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[Jolie's] stunning performance is a career best and a powerful dedication to the strength and bravery of the real life Mariane Pearl.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Comments (2)
Cinema Autopsy

Torpid, faux-inspirational

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The film would be nothing without Angelina Jolie's brave, powerful performance.

September 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

It is to director Michael Winterbottom's (24 Hour Party People, Welcome to Sarajevo) credit that he can achieve such a powerful film without bludgeoning his audience with the images of the unspeakable violence that were inherent in Pearl's last days.

August 21, 2008 Full Review Source:

Angelina Jolie continues to prove her acting is worth more discussion than her personal life. It's not always fun to watch, but it's an important piece of work.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

British director Michael Winterbottom's film is as close to naturalism as one can get.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

When Mariane finds out about Daniel's death, she lets out a guttural scream; one that rivals Sean Penn's outburst in Mystic River in raw emotional defeat.

December 18, 2007
Manhattan Movie Magazine

... A Mighty Heart fails to do the story justice or to flesh out the heroic people involved.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

Absorbingly touching and terrifying, A Mighty Heart is an intimate film but has the gutsy and reflective ingredients of sorrow, introspection and outrage.

November 7, 2007 Full Review
World Voice News

Powerful docudrama is best for mature viewers.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A docudrama that is focused on Daniel Pearl's wife. While interesting in its own way, it does not begin to reflect on who Daniel Pearl really was or why he died.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

If A Mighty Heart was either a flat-out documentary or larger-scale movie version of the same story, it would be a lot more intriguing. But then again, neither of those would be a proper Angelina Jolie Oscar vehicle.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source:

We know how it will end, and that is what makes the suspense Winterbottom creates such an impressive feat.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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Although it is impossible to erase the spectre of Brangelina from your mind altogether while watching Jolie inhabit the role of Mariane Pearl, you can manage it for surprisingly long stretches at a time.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A Mighty Heart is a powerful film on all accounts, something that brings a human face to such a collective time of confusion.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

A Mighty Heart may be the most undeservedly overlooked movie of the year.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

There's a compelling urgency about this riveting, highly political portrait of a brave and compassionate woman that allows us to feel as though we have partaken of her journey. Angelina Jolie is stunning.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Jolie, dominating nearly every scene, is rather remarkable in this star vehicle, effectively conveying a convincing combination of unwavering dedication and the dire desperation of a woman who insists on remaining at the center of the search for her man.

October 1, 2007 Full Review Source: AfroToronto

Audience Reviews for A Mighty Heart

I really liked the fact that they kept it as real to life as possible and I believed that this had happened; although on a downside it made the film rather slow at times. Also I found it difficult to keep up with what was happening when there were several similar looking men pacing around and talking in a foreign language with no subtitles, it was difficult to figure out what was happening. Jolie gave a fantastic performance and I believed her as Mariane. It was heartbreaking to see her pain at finding out about her husbands execution. It did seem a bit strange however that she remained focused and in control of her emotions for the rest of the time after his death. I don't know if that was true of the real Mariane or not, but it is strange.
September 25, 2011

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More thrilling - and much less weepy - than I expected, and a film in which Angelina Jolie carries out her role incredibly naturally, save for one scene, when the drama's at its highest, where she goes over the top. On the whole, A Mighty Heart was a surprise: an accessible adaptation of a difficult-to-understand true story that was helped along by decent performances from a group of relative unknowns. Worth seeing once.
September 24, 2011

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A Mighty Heart is a story worthy of telling and it has a message worthy of spreading. Michael Winterbottom was a good choice then as his style works well here and he's not exactly known for shying away from the subject matter. This should have been a brilliant film but it's not, it's just ok. Why? Angelina Jolie. Her very presents hinders the production. It's no secret that she played a big part in getting the film made (and guess who co-produced) but it just distracts from the story. No doubt she had the best of intentions but I can't help but think there is a little bit of ego involved. This is a true story full of heart-wrenching emotion, suspense & political intrigue. It should have evoked emotion and interest but it didn't, it just smiled sweetly at the Academy award panel and said 'Look, Angelina curled her hair, kept her boobs in, put on a French accent and didn't wave a gun around. She even cried once! Award please'. Luckily they didn't take the bait but a few others did. To say that this is her best performance to date doesn't say much about her acting. A real missed opportunity. On the plus side the supporting cast are very good and It looks great, I am still a little disappointed with Winterbottom though.
December 3, 2010

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