• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Michael Winterbottom
    In Theaters:
    Jun 22, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 16, 2007
  • Paramount Vantage

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A Mighty Heart Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2011
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2011
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine

No preaching and no proselytizing. Just a horrible happening in a continually complicated world.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

September 30, 2010
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

[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 Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2008
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

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 Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 8/10

August 21, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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 Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 8/10

March 3, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

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

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 7/10

February 28, 2008
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine

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

December 18, 2007
Frank Ochieng
World Voice News

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

November 7, 2007
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Powerful docudrama is best for mature viewers.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2007
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

October 30, 2007
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com

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 Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 20, 2007
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 4/4

October 19, 2007
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

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 Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/4

October 19, 2007
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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

Full Review Source: Movie Views

October 15, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

October 15, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 13, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

It's one of Winterbottom's most incoherent and conventional films -- and it will probably be his most popular and successful one.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 23, 2009
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