A Mighty Heart (2007)



Critic Consensus: Angelina Jolie conveys the full emotional range of a woman in a desperate situation in A Mighty Heart, an urgent yet tactful film about a difficult subject.

Movie Info

On Jan. 23, 2002, Mariane Pearl's world changed forever. Her husband Daniel, South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid. The story drew them to Karachi where a go-between had promised access to an elusive source. As Danny left for the meeting, he told Mariane he might be late for dinner. He never returned. In the face of death, Danny's spirit of defiance and his unflinching belief in the power of journalism led Mariane to write about … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mariane Pearl, John Orloff, Laurence Coriat, Michael Winterbottom
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2007
Box Office: $9.1M
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as Mariane Pearl

as Daniel Pearl

as Asra Nomani

as Javed Nabib, "Capta...

as Randall Bennett

as Captain

as John Bussey

as Dost Aliani

as Steve LeVine

as Judea Pearl

as Ruth Pearl

as Tamara Pearl

as Marianne's Taxi Driv...

as Michelle Pearl

as Technical Supervisor

as Danny's Taxi Driver

as Masud the Fixer

as Kashva

as Kaleem Yusuf

as Mariane's Taxi Drive...

as Human Rights Directo...

as Male Guest

as Kashva

as Female Guest

as Female Guest

as Male Guest

as Male Guest

as Azfar

as Omar Saeed Sheikh, ...

as Omar/Bashir

as Major Major

as Jamal Paracha

as Philippe Scaerou

as Maureen Platt

as John Skeleton

as Veronique Laurent

as John Skelton

as Matt MacDowell

as Phone Engineer

as John Bauman

as US Journalist

as News Producer

as Ibrahim the Cook

as News Reader

as News Reader

as Sheikh Gilani

as Farhad Naseem

as Suleiman

as Cell Phone Worker

as Omar's Aunt

as Omar's Father

as Journalist at Sherat...

as US Journalist

as US Journalist

as US Journalist

as US Phone Journalist

as Hotel Manager

as Mariane's Mother

as Woman in Orange

as French Midwife

as Adam (age 4)

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for A Mighty Heart

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (52)

Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

No preaching and no proselytizing. Just a horrible happening in a continually complicated world.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Paste Magazine

[Jolie's] stunning performance is a career best and a powerful dedication to the strength and bravery of the real life Mariane Pearl.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Cinema Autopsy

Torpid, faux-inspirational

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

The film would be nothing without Angelina Jolie's brave, powerful performance.

Full Review… | September 30, 2008
Cinema Sight

It is to director Michael Winterbottom's (24 Hour Party People, Welcome to Sarajevo) credit that he can achieve such a powerful film without bludgeoning his audience with the images of the unspeakable violence that were inherent in Pearl's last days.

Full Review… | August 21, 2008

Audience Reviews for A Mighty Heart

I really liked the fact that they kept it as real to life as possible and I believed that this had happened; although on a downside it made the film rather slow at times. Also I found it difficult to keep up with what was happening when there were several similar looking men pacing around and talking in a foreign language with no subtitles, it was difficult to figure out what was happening. Jolie gave a fantastic performance and I believed her as Mariane. It was heartbreaking to see her pain at finding out about her husbands execution. It did seem a bit strange however that she remained focused and in control of her emotions for the rest of the time after his death. I don't know if that was true of the real Mariane or not, but it is strange.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


More thrilling - and much less weepy - than I expected, and a film in which Angelina Jolie carries out her role incredibly naturally, save for one scene, when the drama's at its highest, where she goes over the top. On the whole, A Mighty Heart was a surprise: an accessible adaptation of a difficult-to-understand true story that was helped along by decent performances from a group of relative unknowns. Worth seeing once.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

This is the true story of the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl, American journalist in Pakistan after 9/11. His widow, Mariane (also a journalist), wrote her memoirs of the event and is convincingly played by Angelina Jolie,(who i believe gave an outstanding performance). Even though we all know how things turn out, the movie is gripping early on and is worth seeing ~!

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

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