Broken Dolls
Arrow Season 2



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

"Broken Dolls" sinks its teeth into creepier material, making the pivot toward darkness and intimacy worth the tonal risk.

Episode Info

Officer Lance's past catches up with him when a killer he put away years earlier escapes from prison. Plus, Oliver digests some difficult news.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Donnell
as Tommy Merlyn
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Michael Eklund
as Barton Mathis
Dylan Bruce
as Adam Donner
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Critic Reviews for Broken Dolls

Well, the folks behind Arrow are really picking up the comic book themes... I am glad the conflict between Laura and Arrow seems to be coming around and Lance is now pretty firmly on Arrow's side too.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

There are a few too many storytelling compromises here to consider "Broken Dolls" anything more than a mild success.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The series clearly wants to debate the ethics of taking a life in the name of justice, whether from a vigilante's perspective or the court's. It's knotty, meaty material for a superhero show.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It was apparent even from the smaller scenes with Oliver and Slade that a significant budget had been allotted for the hour...allowing "Broken Dolls" an unexpectedly adventurous feel to accompany its significant reveals.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Although perhaps not the most consistently great hour the series has produced, "Broken Dolls"...introduces intriguing plot turns that could very well set up an dynamite season.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 7.1/10 | Full Review…

Overall I was happy with the episode. The only thing I'm dreading is the inevitable, Oliver needs to teach Black Canary an important lesson about how killing is wrong.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm intrigued by the way Arrow seems to be positioning her as a defender of women ("She's targeting criminals." "Misogynist criminals"), and the potential gender politics that will open up for the show as a result.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode offered plenty of momentum on several fronts, a terrifically creepy villain, several memorable action scenes, and easily the coolest villain tease of any episode so far.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 9.3/10 | Full Review…

'Broken Dolls' perhaps features less grandiose action than we've come to expect from Arrow, but this is a more intimate tale than usual, so that feels only right.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Literally from the opening minute of the show, it was the most full-blown hour of superhero TV we've seen since CBS canceled The Flash in 1991.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The creative team rewarded fans by advancing storylines related to Moira Queen's trial, Laurel Lance's anti-vigilante vendetta, the mystery surrounding the Black Canary and even unexpectedly explosive events back on the island.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Dollmaker fit right in the world of Arrow, making the show feel much darker in both tone and atmosphere. Much of the episode took place in darkness, heightening the creepiness of the story.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…