Broken Lines (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Broken Lines (2008)




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An affluent Jewish man living in the suburbs with his loyal fiancée experiences a life altering crisis of conscience following the death of his father in director Sallie Aprahamian's introspective drama. Jake (Dan Fredenburgh) is a successful property developer engaged to me married to the beautiful Zoe (Olivia Williams). To this point in his life Jake hasn't really questioned the decisions that he's made or the relationships he's maintained, though when his father dies unexpectedly, he is gradually drawn back to the inner-city neighborhood of his youth. As a young boy, Jake's father had owned a tailoring business in the city. Now as Jake goes back to explore his old haunts, he strikes up a casual friendship with local waitress B (Doraly Rosa) that quickly threatens to develop into something much more serious. But B, too, is involved in an outside relationship, hers with ailing ex-boxer Chester (Paul Bettany), who suffered a stroke in a recent fight and now relies on her for care and support. As Jake and B both wrestle with the anxiety and guilt brought upon by their mutual attraction, they are forced to weigh their trepidation over causing pain to their respective significant others against the prospect that their burgeoning relationship may be their only chance for ever finding true happiness. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Broken Lines

All Critics (7)

[Bettany's] tour de force performance lights up the screen more than anything else.

September 30, 2011
London Evening Standard

There's a stonking cast - Paul Bettany as the waitress's disabled partner, Rita Tushingham as a knackered caff worker, Olivia Williams as the glossy fiancee - but they're saddled with dialogue sagging with thematic relevance or site-specific colour.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011

Sincere but poorly scripted and badly acted by leads Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosa.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Daily Express (UK)

Broken Lines is all about Bettany, who gives a fantastic performance. But even he can't paper over the cracks.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Little White Lies

By no means totally broken, but it doesn't quite deliver the way it could.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
Empire Magazine

Even Paul Bettany and Olivia Williams in support can't detract from a corny script full of dangling plot threads that resolves itself with a shrug of an ending.

Full Review… | September 21, 2011
Total Film

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