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The Broken Circle Breakdown Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

I wish the patience and grace of the director's techniques in the film's strongest non-musical moments were matched in his depictions of the amazing music on display.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B+

June 2, 2014
David Stratton
The Australian

It's a film about a couple whose tumultuous relationship is severely challenged, and the performances are excellent.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2014
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Where the Coen brothers gently mocked th[e] music in O Brother Where art Thou?, this plucky little Belgian film reconnects that music to the sorrows that produced it. Just brilliant.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 19, 2014

There are plenty of touching, powerful moments in director Felix Van Groeningen's child-with-cancer drama...though [it's] somewhat laboured. The 2012 French film Declaration of War dealt with a similar topic in more lyrical, more affecting manner.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

May 16, 2014
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer

In spite of the bleak premise the film isn't an emotional force.

Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 13, 2014
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It is for most of its length a strong involving narrative with wonderful performances from the two leads, Heldenbergh and Baetens and a simply lovely one from young Nell Cattrysse.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2014
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

Despite the miserable subject matter, writer-director Felix Van Groeningen manages to mostly strike the right chord, eschewing unchecked histrionics for honest, bittersweet emotion.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2014
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

The juxtaposition of bluegrass music in this heavy-hitting drama about love and loss brings with it an unexpected and exquisite timbre. Take a tissue - this is an affecting film that touches the heart

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 11, 2014
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive

A devastatingly sad movie that is beautifully constructed and performed.

Full Review Source: Columbus Alive | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 21, 2014
Ray Pride

"Broken Circle Breakdown" ends with a communal song in a confined space, not a dirge, but with hushed voices raised in envoi, and Groeningen's camera trickles down to pick out one last, final, lasting image. It all comes full circle.

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 7, 2014
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

It's a powerful film that builds to intense, overwhelming emotions with a very human core.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

April 3, 2014
Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine

Sensibly written and thoughtfully directed, intuitively acted, bitter-sweet like Belgian chocolate, and propelled by incredible bluegrass music.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B+

March 13, 2014
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Electric sexiness and very modern motifs overlie a wonderfully old-fashioned melodrama... a highly gratifying one, if you enjoy a good ol' weep.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 11, 2014
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Raises itself far above its Lifetime Movie of the Week premise.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 26, 2014
Simon Miraudo

The Broken Circle Breakdown doesn't jerk tears. It attempts to extract them by using enhanced interrogation techniques.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 9, 2014
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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The movie swings like a pendulum between elation and despair, with little time devoted to anything in between.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 30, 2014
Kam Williams
Baret News

Groovy German bluegrass, if you can believe it.

| Original Score: 4/4

January 26, 2014
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Traditional bluegrass songs of loss and grief provide the inspiration and score for this innovative Belgian, Flemish-language musical drama.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2014
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's the music that really brings Broken Circle to life, an excellent collection of old-timey country classics and originals that reconnects the broken bits of the story and resonates with its deepest emotions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 24, 2014
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Breakdown gets the music right and has the benefit of strong acting, but its unapologetically melodramatic plot has a tendency to throw everything at you but the kitchen sink.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

January 24, 2014
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