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The Broken Circle Breakdown Reviews

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
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
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Invigorating musical elements and the lead actors' potent chemistry can't entirely protect this tragic relationship drama from its encroaching shortage of subtlety.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 24, 2014
Boyd van Hoeij
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Breakdown's less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2014
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The Broken Circle Breakdown manages to pull off a small miracle, using joyous music and tenderness to tell a tragic story that moves you but doesn't depress you

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 5, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's a tricky journey. What helps hold it together in addition to the music are the performances.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 5, 2013
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's the story of a young married couple undone by a family tragedy, but the film loses its way, at one point turning into a political harangue.

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

November 21, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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This is terribly sad stuff, and "The Broken Circle Breakdown" unapologetically explores melodrama; these characters experience big, dramatic emotions, and the movie rides on those waves.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 21, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The soundtrack is irresistible, the cast is enthralling and the passions are universal.

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

November 21, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Broken Circle Breakdown deftly juggles some heavy-duty themes: not just the crisis of cancer, parents faced with the possible loss of a child, but the eternal questions.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 15, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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Some moments of the movie might leave viewers feeling bereft or gut-punched, but the sublime sounds (along with the sweet and silly scenes of the pair falling in love) provide respites from the sorrow.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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Wastes its potential for honest emotion with schmaltz, cheap shots, and clichés.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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This movie about a Belgian bluegrass banjo-player and his family is filled with dazzling lyrical heights and deflating melodramatic lows.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: B+

November 14, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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For any viewer who, for one reason or another, has been shamefully ignorant of Belgian bluegrass, here is your opportunity to make amends.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 11, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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When the band is onscreen, the film becomes alive, even as we know the misery the smiles are hiding and the pain that the harmonies seek to ease.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh.

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

November 1, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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After a while, the temporal shuffling feels more programmatic than revelatory and increasingly false.

Full Review Source: New York Times

October 31, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
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Tune up your banjos and break out the hankies.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2013
Kyle Ryan
AV Club
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Once viewers adjust to the cognitive dissonance between intense Flemish dialogue and English performances of country and bluegrass songs,The Broken Circle Breakdown is a film that will likely stick with them long after the credits roll.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

October 31, 2013
William Goss
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A superb tearjerker, juxtaposing the inherent passion and sorrow of romance to masterful effect in between beautiful bluegrass ballads.

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October 31, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Both Baetens and Heldenbergh do their best to sell the story's ups and downs even when the narrative gets bogged down with science-versus-religion ranting, yet you're still left with a movie a little too reliant on playing clawhammer on your heartstrings.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

October 29, 2013
Jon Frosch
Village Voice
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The Broken Circle Breakdown holds you even as it flies off the tracks.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 29, 2013
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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Heldenbergh and Baetens pull you in with committed performances -- their raw pain and grief is totally believable.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2013
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