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The Broken (2008)




Critic Consensus: A British chiller lacking in strongly drawn characters, The Broken feels unfinished and undercooked.

Movie Info

A woman is thrust into a world where everything is subtly unfamiliar in this edgy thriller from writer and director Sean Ellis. Gina McVay (Lena Headey) is a radiologist who is enjoying dinner one evening with her family and her boyfriend Stefan (Melvil Poupaud) when a mirror shatters for no apparent reason. After a few moments, no one thinks much of it, but the next day Gina is leaving work and she sees something even more troubling -- a woman who looks just like her, driving a car identical to her own. Curious, Gina sneaks into the doppelganger's apartment and sees a photo of herself and her father in the hallway. Seriously rattled, Gina runs out and drives away, only to get in an accident that lands her in the hospital. After she's released, Gina asks Stefan if she can stay with him, but while he looks the same, his personality and behavior are quite different from the way she remembers him, and she begins having vivid nightmares which become all the more terrifying when the same horrific images begin popping up in her waking hours. The Broken received its American premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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Lena Headey
as Gina McVey
Richard Jenkins
as John McVey
Ulrich Thomsen
as Dr. Robert Zachman
Melvil Poupaud
as Stephan Moreau
Michelle Duncan
as Kate Coleman
Asier Newman
as Daneil McVey
Daren Elliott Holmes
as garage manager
William Armstrong
as Dr. Kenrick
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Critic Reviews for The Broken

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (2)

Fleeting pleasures are undermined by an inane, directionless narrative, barely-even-one-dimensional characters and an overall sense of superficiality.

January 30, 2009 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

A brooding, atmospheric exercise in upscale psychological horror.

January 23, 2008
Top Critic

An ambitious yet not-entirely-successful endeavor...

May 21, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Ellis unblushingly borrows from older movies, from the famous (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to the little known (Roger Moore chiller The Man Who Haunted Himself), but he does conjure up a spine-chilling frisson all his own when anyone passes a mirror.

September 7, 2013 | Full Review…

While the film might not work for fans of today's faster-paced horror/thrillers, The Broken is a creepy little pot boiler that's likely to get under the skin of many horror fans.

January 16, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Brøken may offer a somewhat derivative resolution, but it gets there via an aptly fractured narrative, intertwining two radically different kinds of story type to disorienting effect.

December 1, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Broken

The Broken is a stunning metaphor for the depersonalization of a narcissistic society so mesmerized with self-image that it literally breaks through the self-absorbing mirrors --

Sheez, who am I kidding. Freakin' ridiculous movie that I wasted my life energy on so you won't have to. Can't believe I actually watched this all the way through.

It got under my skin, all right -- like a flesh-eating virus.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

im not to sure i understand it really i love lena headey but this wasnt i good choice for her !! this movie i think misses the concept of a horror/thriller movie and does little to keep you watching. this movie isnt great i dont think the storyline was particurly good it wasnt well explained and just didnt keep you entertained which is a shame because i love lena headey. its boring with some good killing scenes but its not enough to save the movie. unless you really REALLY like lena headey this movie just isnt worth a watch!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Another 8 Films to Die for Movie from Series #, this is a twisted mine blowing movie, that has to be seen to beleive and figure out. Worth 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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