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A Mighty Heart Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 20, 2007
It plays as a pandering vanity project for Angelina Jolie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Torpid, faux-inspirational
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 21, 2007
Doesn't quite know what it wants to be, which means that it ultimately winds up being not very much at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
June 4, 2007
"A Mighty Heart," like the other post-9/11 Hollywood movies ("United 93" and "World Trade Center"), is a would-be documentary subject inflated with promotion in its incarnation as a narrative feature.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 22, 2007
Winterbottom takes it to the opposite extreme, turning into a docudrama and following that genre's pre-established format.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
November 13, 2007
... A Mighty Heart fails to do the story justice or to flesh out the heroic people involved.
June 22, 2007
A haphazard fusion that smacks of Hollywood self-gratification. For a movie that aims to throw a spotlight on the human costs of international terrorism, it says surprisingly little and renders itself quickly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Harry Chotiner
July 10, 2007
The most interesting thing about A Mighty Heart is why it became a mediocre film.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 25, 2007
A Mighty Heart is scrupulously journalistic, a would-be documentary that tells in rigorous detail but explains almost nothing. Who, what, when and where are covered, but not why.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
June 18, 2007
A labyrinth of corruption and buzz words that resonate with anxiety and afford some narrative confusion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 23, 2007
Whether intended or not, this casting [Jolie] simply smacks of self promotion and image branding...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 20, 2007
There's hardly a moment when Jolie is on-screen that you can't sense the presence of make-up artists and hair stylists hovering anxiously just off frame.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2007
To experience the grief of a death, one must know something of the life, no? That's the assumption of a movie like Silkwood. It is not assumed in A Mighty Heart, which tells us precious little about Mariane and Danny
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 22, 2007
The problem with structuring A Mighty Heart as a suspense film is obvious: We already know the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 22, 2007
This movie does not fully separate itself from our admittedly low -- even slightly shameful -- expectations, does not become the pure documentary it might perhaps better have been.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 23, 2007
The only drama comes in the waiting, which eventually becomes tiresome.
| Original Score: 3.5
Lisa Johnson
June 22, 2007
Why not cast a Thandie Newton, a Kerry Washington, even a Halle Berry in the lead, unless one actress happens to be sleeping with the producer?
June 22, 2007
A mighty performance in an average movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 23, 2007
doesn't offer a whole lot other than atmosphere and a stellar performance by Jolie
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
September 21, 2007
Topical, worthy and well made, A Mighty Heart fumbles the ball due to a complete dearth of tension and a flat-as-a-pancake performance from Jolie.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
It's one of Winterbottom's most incoherent and conventional films -- and it will probably be his most popular and successful one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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