A Mighty Heart

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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.

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Mariane Pearl (Angelina Jolie), the wife of journalist Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman) of The Wall Street Journal, heads to Pakistan after terrorists capture her husband. In the terrifying weeks that follow, she must cope with international attention and find her way through the dangerous world of underground politics in a desperate effort to find him.

Cast & Crew

Angelina Jolie
Mariane Pearl
Dan Futterman
Daniel Pearl
Archie Panjabi
Asra Q. Nomani
Will Patton
Randall Bennett
Denis O'Hare
John Bussey
Zachary Coffin
Matt McDowell
Brad Pitt
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Marcel Zyskind
Cinematographer
Peter Christelis
Film Editor
Mark Digby
Production Design
David Bryan
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Critic Reviews for A Mighty Heart

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (60) | Fresh (155) | Rotten (40)

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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
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  • Although it is impossible to erase the spectre of Brangelina from your mind altogether while watching Jolie inhabit the role of Mariane Pearl, you can manage it for surprisingly long stretches at a time.

    October 19, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Mighty Heart

  • Aug 23, 2012
    A Mighty Heart is a compelling biopic about one of the seminal events in the War on Terror; the abduction of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Based on the memoir of Mariane Pearl, the film follows her struggles as she deals with the abduction of her husband by Islamic terrorists, and the pursuing attempt to rescue him. Angelina Jolie stars as Mariane and gives an outstanding performance that's extremely powerful. However, the film gets a little self-serving at times and losses focus. Still, A Mighty Heart tells an intense and emotional story about courage and strength in the face of evil.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2011
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2011
    A very interesting film, done in a realistic documentary-style fashion. Though the narrative itself becomes somewhat muddled, we are never sure what exactly transpired or the immediate ramifications of it, Jolie's performance anchors the story, making it very much worthwhile.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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