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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
The comic and tragic elements are nicely balanced, and the three families' stories neatly and economically knit together.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2013
Although there are some light moments and traces of dark humor, Broken's overall aura is one of dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2013
Broken is close to being a great little film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 19, 2013
[It] drives its plot via an interesting and unusual character: the female victim who's actually a wholesale liar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 18, 2013
Norris has adapted Daniel Clay's young adult novel with a sensitivity that will appeal to teens and adults alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2013
Doggedly manipulative and yet consistently affecting, Broken piles on the miserablism to almost unbearable effect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 17, 2013
An English coming-of-age tale with an appealing performance by Eloise Laurence as an 11-year old trying to make her way in a violent world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 16, 2013
Director Rufus Norris deftly mixes gritty realism and lyrical impressionism, though its five-car pileup of a climax ultimately makes the film feel less a Greek tragedy than a miniseries in miniature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2013
It's the rare coming-of-age narrative that manages to respect the tricky ambiguities of shifting perceptions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 9, 2013
Attention: Book Discussion Groups. Have I got a book for you. And a movie beautifully adapted from it. Both are titled Broken.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 19, 2013
A moving and thoughtful cinema experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 19, 2013
It is a sad viewing experience, but never a pessimistic one. Skunk's world is full of love; whatever fractured form it may take, Broken always returns to that enriching notion.
May 17, 2013
Taut, engrossing domestic tale [that] takes place in a cul-de-sac where a violent neighbour-on-neighbour attack provides the springboard for a strong story about secrets, lies and unravelling lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2013
A moving and visually beautiful story of an eleven-year old girl who is increasingly drawn into the complicated and cruel world of the everyday English suburbs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 12, 2013
The adaptation from the novel is excellent, a fine example of how character and place can be sculpted from prose
May 12, 2013
Acclaimed theatre director Rufus Norris has taken the various story strands of Mark O'Rowe's proficient adaptation of Daniel Clay's novel and plaited them into an emotional tour de force
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