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A Mighty Heart Reviews

November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2008
Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest.
October 1, 2007
Jolie, dominating nearly every scene, is rather remarkable in this star vehicle, effectively conveying a convincing combination of unwavering dedication and the dire desperation of a woman who insists on remaining at the center of the search for her man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 1, 2007
Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2007
Winterbottom's gritty sensibility and feel for geopolitical realities is perfect for the film. There's no room for Hollywood gloss - and no need for it.
June 23, 2007
He [Winterbottom] approaches his subjects as very, very real, not just fodder for topical films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 23, 2007
The only drama comes in the waiting, which eventually becomes tiresome.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5
June 22, 2007
Honesty and courage are the main virtues of A Mighty Heart, which strives to shed light on dark times. Central to it is Jolie's laudable performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
June 22, 2007
Though it's difficult to watch, the film is nonetheless inspiring: a portrait of strength and character, through unimaginable difficulty, responding not with hatred but with hope.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2007
Shooting in what often appears to be available light, and with a handheld camera that he has tamed sufficiently to prevent motion sickness, Winterbottom keeps the picture moving along like a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2007
Much of A Mighty Heart plays like a documentary. It feels truthful instead of puffed up to be more commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2007
[Winterbottom] puts us in the middle of things, and lets us watch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2007
[Jolie is] greatly abetted by the no-nonsense, very un-Hollywood-ish approach that British director Michael Winterbottom takes to this fact-based thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2007
Though the events recalled in Winterbottom's riveting docudrama A Mighty Heart are well-known, they are dramatized with such realistic detail and heartfelt passion that the story feels as urgent as the latest bad news out of the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2007
The overriding tone of A Mighty Heart is neither indignant nor sentimental: The film is consistently cool.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 22, 2007
A movie that captures the frustration of not knowing, the unconsummated urge to comprehend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 22, 2007
The film takes its cue from the widow, neither sermonizing or even villainizing, content to serve quietly as an admirable exercise in restraint and a moving example of the grace under pressure that is the essence of courage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2007
Should end up one of the year's best dramas, an intricate, jolting look at life out of control and one woman's fight to hold onto her dignity and love in the midst of unimaginable tragedy. It's not an easy story to watch. Imagine living it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 22, 2007
A movie as rich in detail as it is in emotion, with both driven deeper by the intensely intimate filmmaking style of Michael Winterbottom.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 22, 2007
Director Michael Winterbottom's film of Mariane Pearl's book constantly reaches for the authentic with subtle tenacity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2007
What is best about A Mighty Heart is that it doesn't reduce the Daniel Pearl story to a plot, but elevates it to a tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
June 22, 2007
Angelina Jolie IS Mariane Pearl -- and that marquee-size "is" gets in the way, not of her performance, but of our ability to suspend disbelief and watch it.
June 22, 2007
Despite its curiously stoic tone, A Mighty Heart retains its capacity to fascinate and intrigue
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
Both moving and frighteningly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 21, 2007
Effectively fashioned, as jolting as it is polished, as well as a surprising, insistently political work of commercial art.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 21, 2007
The immediacy of the setting, heightened by documentary techniques, makes this a chastening film, a portrait of the explosive new world in which we live.
June 21, 2007
On so many levels, A Mighty Heart is almost as excruciating to write about as it is to watch. It has many of the virtues of a first-rate political thriller, and yet who can think of it in those terms?
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 21, 2007
Jolie is such an expressive actress that there's always a danger she'll overplay the part, but one major misstep aside, she slips into Winterbottom's wide-ranging procedural and asserts herself only when dramatically necessary.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2007
Angelina Jolie's intelligently tucked-in performance as Mariane avoids grandstanding, receding instead into the intricate tapestry of Michael Winterbottom's tense and authentically relayed film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
British director Michael Winterbottom tells the story with an intelligence and restraint worthy of the subject.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
This docudrama manages to be gripping even though the outcome is no mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
A worthy film on a great, tragic subject.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
A taut, meticulously crafted police procedural. Part thriller, part melodrama, A Mighty Heart recalls last year's United 93 in its technical prowess and artistry, and in its harrowing emotional arc.
June 21, 2007
An enormously moving document of the tense days between Pearl's capture and the news that he was dead.
June 21, 2007
The sheer force of the story, fueled by the commitment and passion of Winterbottom and his cast, counts for a lot. And in a season of superheroes, sequels and special effects, a smart movie for smart people is always welcome.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 20, 2007
For a big chunk in the middle it feels like a standard crime drama -- though it's a strikingly crafted and stirring one.
June 20, 2007
Jolie lets us understand Mariane, and Winterbottom's film puts the viewer in her shoes.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 20, 2007
All too often, the point of the story collapses under the weight of [director Winterbottom's] political priorities. He's a prolific Don Quixote, committed to tilting cinematic windmills, but he goes about the job clumsily.
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.
June 19, 2007
The movie, directed by Michael Winterbottom, lies about as far from the trials of Lara Croft as is cinematically possible.
June 18, 2007
A Mighty Heart is clipped, blunt, and grimly realistic.
June 18, 2007
Winterbottom's aversion to sentimentality doesn't mean you won't be moved by A Mighty Heart.
June 18, 2007
Angelina Jolie gives one of the most commanding and moving performances of her career.
June 15, 2007
The film's strict avoidance of exploitation and sensationalism only adds to the film's emotional impact.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 13, 2007
The twisting of narrative perspective that pushes the missing man's wife so insistently into the foreground makes A Mighty Heart a mighty challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 23, 2007
A straightforward, highly competent thriller. As you'd expect from English director Michael Winterbottom, the picture possesses levels of moral complication that are at first invisible; it feels like an extra-long episode of 24.
May 21, 2007
The sad saga of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl has made it to the bigscreen with facts, figures and beating heart intact in A Mighty Heart.
May 21, 2007
[An] expertly fashioned documentary-style drama.