The Broken


The Broken

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 39


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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 (7) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (20)

  • 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.

    Dec 1, 2010
  • Fleeting pleasures are undermined by an inane, directionless narrative, barely-even-one-dimensional characters and an overall sense of superficiality.

    Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…
  • The tedium is almost as annoying as the sound effects.

    Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The Brøken is interesting and confident in some ways, though laden down with unfinished moods, images, ideas - and a few scary-movie cliches. It looks like a short film pumped up to feature length.

    Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • With a nod and a wink to Edgar Allan Poe and Hitchcock he has created a slick, supernatural thriller set in a cold and disquietingly quiet contemporary London.

    Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
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  • Here is a film from a director with a little more imagination and skill than story-telling sense.

    Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/6

Audience Reviews for The Broken

  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Broken is a nice little film which watches like short story. It is not really scary, but rather creepy and mysterious with a good twist at the end. Recommended to fans of supernatural thrillers; The Broken is reminiscent of the Twilight Zone as well as Japanese films like The Ring and The Grudge.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2012
    In "The Broken," Gina(Lena Headey) is a radiologist living in London. Maybe she should have become a cardiologist instead, considering she and her brother Daniel(Asier Newman) almost give their father(Richard Jenkins), two days shy of retirement, a heart attack when they throw a surprise party for him. In other news, Gina is dating Stefan(Melvil Poupaud), an architect, but cannot even commit to a sock drawer. Her attention is drawn elsewhere when she thinks she sees herself driving a car which might explain the head on collision she later gets into. Outside of some minor injuries, she is alright, but cannot remember the accident itself and is referred to Dr. Robert Zachman(Ulrich Thomsen), a psychiatrist. Let me start by clarifying something I've said before. I like it when a movie such as "The Broken" accentuates atmosphere over violence and gore like it does here. Sadly, it also favors atmosphere over pretty much everything else, especially character development, firing out details about this unfortunately named family at random which even this very good cast can do little with.(And not to get too picky but what happened to the other driver in the accident?) I don't mind the lack of specifics in the resolution, mind you, just the lack of originality and that I could see coming a mile away.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2011
    <i>The Broken</i> 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 -- <p>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.<p>It got under my skin, all right -- like a flesh-eating virus.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer

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