Broken City


Broken City

Critics Consensus

Broken City's thinly sketched, formulaic script offers meager rewards for all but the least demanding noir aficionados.



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In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force and the mayor's worst nightmare. (c) Fox


Mark Wahlberg
as Billy Taggart
Russell Crowe
as Mayor Nicolas Hostetler
Catherine Zeta-Jones
as Cathleen Hostetler
Jeffrey Wright
as Commissioner Carl Fairbanks
Barry Pepper
as Jack Valliant
Kyle Chandler
as Paul Andrews
Natalie Martinez
as Natalie Barrow
Alona Tal
as Katy Bradshaw
Griffin Dunne
as Sam Lancaster
James Ransone
as Todd Lancaster
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  • Nov 30, 2014
    In "Broken City," New York City Mayor Hostetler(Russell Crowe) is facing a tough reelection campaign against Jack Valliant(Barry Pepper) who is not only younger but has a much cooler name to boot. Hostetler is also worried that his wife Cathleen(Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair. So, he hires disgraced former police detective and currently broke private investigator Billy Taggart(Mark Wahlberg) to look into it for him. What he does find is Cathleen carrying on with Paul Andrews(Kyle Chandler), Valliant's campaign manager. At its best, "Broken City" captures New York City well, especially in its being divided against itself at the best of times.(Plus, I have to like any movie that lingers so long over a political debate.) Aiding that first is Russell Crowe who looks like he is having the time of his life playing an old fashioned politician. And that's not to mention excellent character turns from Alona Tal(of "Veronica Mars" and "Burn Notice") and Jeffrey Wright. But at the same time, "Broken City" suffers from quite a few too many extraneous subplots and tangents to be considered that much of a success either. And we get yet another a reminder how much a lost cause Catherine Zeta-Jones really is. Then there is Mark Wahlberg who is neither here nor there in the lead, which is a shame because any kind of effort could have definitely helped in giving depth to such a potentially fascinating character, even with that late surprise.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2013
    Nothing special. Note to Russell...don't sign for a movie with Mark Wahlberg in it. It will bring you down...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2013
    Pretty cool. Wahlberg and Crowe are great here, as is the supporting cast. The only problem is that there's supposed to be a huge frame-up for Wahlberg's character that never really seems to happen. He's not really in any danger until he gets really deep into the conspiracy. Also, the events of the beginning sequence don't have any effect on the story or plot until the very end of the film. I felt that there should've been more of a correlation between the two. Other than that though, this was a really good film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2013
    A mediocre and uninspired crime drama, Broken City is a typical tale of corruption and murder. When the mayor calls on former police officer Billy Taggart to investigate his philandering wife on the eve of an election, Taggart discovers that the investigation is just a cover for something bigger. Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones lead the cast, but their performances are fairly mundane. And while the plot has some intrigue to it, the twists and reveals are pretty routine. Broken City isn't a bad film, it just isn't trying to be good.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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