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July 16, 2013
Unfortunately, Broken lives up to its mawkish title, and the slice-of-life tragedies of the film's first half devolve into manipulative melodrama in the latter part.
March 19, 2013
The final suggestion that people on medication are just a mood-swing from being a danger to the community consigns Norris's dull-looking film to the lowest echelons of stigmatizing thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 16, 2013
Amounts to a contrived, feel-bad suburban melodrama where a series of head-slapping misunderstandings lead to everyone being as miserable as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 8, 2013
Roth is charming and Laurence is an intriguing young talent to watch, but Broken is a shaggy dog story wallowing in emotions that it seldom earns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2013
The cast are terrific - including Cillian Murphy as a sympathetic teacher - but it's a tough watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2013
A dead-end movie in more ways than one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 18, 2013
"Broken'' embraces the sort of unappealing British miserabilism perfected by "Ratcatcher" director Lynne Ramsay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 7, 2013
It feels relentlessly miserable and shocking - as if all the most lurid events in two decades of Brookside had been squeezed into 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 19, 2013
An absorbing coming-of-age drama that suddenly, pointlessly self-destructs with an onslaught of cheap ironies and overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2013
Even the presence of Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Denis Lawson can't sell us on scenarios that make The Jeremy Kyle Show look restrained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 10, 2013
Erupts into unpersuasive, blood-drenched melodrama that is no doubt intended as a wake-up call to a troubled country.
May 18, 2012
Too often looks strained, desperately self-conscious and replete with unconvincing and unearned emotional crises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 25, 2013
The result believably charts a girl's coming of age but is eventually capsized by lurid melodrama even Brookside would have found excessive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2013
Mainly worth seeing for a sparky performance by Eloise Laurence, whose cheeky smile lights up the surrounding miserabilism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 8, 2013
It presents a portrait of British life that may indeed make you wonder about the origins of the 2011 riots, but also misses as many targets as it hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2013
Awkward music cues and choppy camera work add baggage to a film so overwrought that its excesses seem more unintentionally silly than bleakly disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 5, 2013
The film could have done with fewer characters and a tighter plot but it's still an accomplished debut for director Rufus Norris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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