A Mighty Heart Reviews

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Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
September 30, 2010
No preaching and no proselytizing. Just a horrible happening in a continually complicated world.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 6, 2010
[Jolie's] stunning performance is a career best and a powerful dedication to the strength and bravery of the real life Mariane Pearl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 30, 2008
The film would be nothing without Angelina Jolie's brave, powerful performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
British director Michael Winterbottom's film is as close to naturalism as one can get.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frank Ochieng
World Voice News
November 7, 2007
Absorbingly touching and terrifying, A Mighty Heart is an intimate film but has the gutsy and reflective ingredients of sorrow, introspection and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 31, 2007
Powerful docudrama is best for mature viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 30, 2007
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.
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
October 20, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
October 19, 2007
We know how it will end, and that is what makes the suspense Winterbottom creates such an impressive feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
October 19, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 15, 2007
A Mighty Heart is a powerful film on all accounts, something that brings a human face to such a collective time of confusion.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 15, 2007
A Mighty Heart may be the most undeservedly overlooked movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 13, 2007
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.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
It's one of Winterbottom's most incoherent and conventional films -- and it will probably be his most popular and successful one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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