Reviews: Broken City (2013)

Broken_CityReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 5/30] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: with half of the Hughes Brothers, you end up with less than half of a film
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Every important character is sketched out to a point of engagement, only to be allowed to drift off into a vague vapor. There are exceptions, but not enough to make this anything other than standard issue genre fare, albeit one of solid craft.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: It’s almost as if [director Allen] Hughes is only sketching out the shape of a [Sidney] Lumet film in the manner one would when paying homage to a genre.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: What the movie lacks and desperately needs is personality.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About
    • Excerpt: Acting talent can’t make up for silly, improbable events.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: A mundane melodrama, filled with caricatures instead of characters.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this script had been sitting around, unproduced, for 20 years, it’s that musty…
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: [A]s absurdly bad as [some] scenes are, I can’t say I was ever unengaged while watching ‘Broken City,’ and I had a good time with the movie even when it lost its grip on the material.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: Broken City feels like a two hour premiere of a TV show networks love to plaster all over the brand new fall schedule, full of slick TV visuals, promising all kinds of political intrigue, scandals, backstabbing and a bunch of good looking people.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: If it ain’t broke…
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Or, Broken Movie: Allen Hughes’ Broken City shows all the telltale signs of post-production tampering, which has resulted in a choppy film full of loose ends, characters who switch allegiance at a whim, a hard-to-decipher plot driven not by events or characters but by arbitrary contrivance, and mandatory twists and turns that are completely underwhelming.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: It didn’t end up resonating with me as much as it seems it should have, given the talented cast, but Broken City is far from a broken film.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: A thrill-free, strangely sluggish political potboiler.

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