Broken Reviews

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July 19, 2013
The comic and tragic elements are nicely balanced, and the three families' stories neatly and economically knit together.
July 19, 2013
Although there are some light moments and traces of dark humor, Broken's overall aura is one of dread.
July 19, 2013
An absorbing coming-of-age drama that suddenly, pointlessly self-destructs with an onslaught of cheap ironies and overkill.
July 19, 2013
[It] drives its plot via an interesting and unusual character: the female victim who's actually a wholesale liar.
July 18, 2013
"Broken'' embraces the sort of unappealing British miserabilism perfected by "Ratcatcher" director Lynne Ramsay.
July 18, 2013
At a certain point, Mr. Norris forsakes realism for theatricalized fantasy, and "Broken" ultimately loses its stylistic cohesion, if not its humanity.
August 22, 2019
A first rating supporting cast is also responsible for some quietly observed moments, though none of the performers are able to mask the increasing hysterical elements of the film's overly dramatic narrative.
February 26, 2019
On one level, Broken is a pretty good film. It just can't quite get out from under an overwrought story that relies too heavily on half-formed characters and ugly clichés.
February 9, 2019
Filled with devastating drama, but also capable of many endearing moments, Norris' Broken is an affecting British indie which gets the most out of its story thanks to the talented ensemble and an excellent lead performance.
October 3, 2017
At least a soap opera has the luxury of spreading its quota of sensationalism over many years. Concertinaed into a time span of mere days and distributed among only three households, the litany of suffering in Broken can appear hysterical.
September 5, 2017
Director Rufus Norris bleakly contrasts ugly acts of violence with innocent pockets of childhood in this simple yet richly nuanced film.
November 25, 2013
Shot with a lovely warm hue by Rob Hardy, Broken has enough great moments to make it worthwhile. Yet, the naggingly problematic final sequences leave a bitter taste. Do they undo a solid first hour? That's up to the individual viewer.
July 19, 2013
Broken simply can't get it together on any level, delivering a tedious drama, that for all the characters and over-emoting, doesn't have much to say.
July 19, 2013
A startlingly natural performance by Ms. Laurence, along with her superb supporting cast under the mostly spot-on direction by Norris, help make all the Sturm und Drang that occurs within 'Broken' extremely palatable.
July 19, 2013
If not for Laurence's bemused, slowly comprehending take on all the drama around her, "Broken" would seem to wallow in misery.
July 19, 2013
Broken is close to being a great little film.
July 18, 2013
While the third-act meltdown badly damages the movie, it doesn't erase the assured, preternatural confidence that first-time director Rufus Norris demonstrates before the material finally overwhelms him.
July 18, 2013
Norris has adapted Daniel Clay's young adult novel with a sensitivity that will appeal to teens and adults alike.
July 18, 2013
Solidly done if somewhat unremarkable, there is nothing particularly wrong with "Broken," nothing that needs fixing exactly, and yet it never fully comes together.
July 18, 2013
Doggedly manipulative and yet consistently affecting, Broken piles on the miserablism to almost unbearable effect.
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