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.
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.
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