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Based on 38 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 9 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film belongs to Jolie. She won an Oscar for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted," but this is by far her best performance. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Heart-wrenching film. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film's point of view is inevitably that of an outsider, which Danny Pearl was, and menace is the essence of this shattering story, which has been told with skill and urgent conviction. A Mighty Heart makes the terms of the terrorist threat palpable. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    For the most part, Michael Winterbottom's well-intended film, the true story of an idealistic journalist and his gallant wife disinvites emotion by focusing on process at the expense of passion. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The story feels as urgent as the latest bad news out of the Middle East. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Expertly fashioned documentary-style drama. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The title comes from the memoir by Mariane Pearl, wife of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. It applies equally to Winterbottom, who has made the rarest movie among this summer's releases: a taut police procedural that examines all sides of an issue and forces us to re-think our own. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. A tragedy that illuminates and grieves for the hatred that runs loose in our world, hatred as a mad dog that attacks everyone. Attacks them for what seems, to the dog, the best of reasons. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Though absurdly criticized for being too "white" to play Mariane Pearl, Jolie gives an excellent performance. She portrays Mariane as gutsy, smart, passionate and highly efficient. show more

  • October 24, 2009 Limerick Bob
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    Did we watch the same movie? It stunk!!!

  • May 22, 2008 tvldia
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    Enjoyed the movie. Thought the story was well told and understandable. Their was no overacting by any of the characters.Very realistically done.Whole cast well acted and there was nooveracting. The story is more documentary and is not made to be a Hollywood story but a realistic story.Angelie Jolie was perfect with her dialect, mannerisms and was a ideal casting . Told a good story about terrorism and the suffering of peopleand families.LYNDA DIAMOND :)

  • May 22, 2008 kgheff22
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    This movie put all three of us who saw it today asleep several times and it was in the afternoon! This movie is so boring and slow. It is a sad true story but should not have been made into a feature movie. A TV docudrama would have been much better.

  • May 22, 2008 Mjssjames
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    "A Mighty Heart" Bombed for two reasons.First, the majority of the movie audienceare young people between 18 and 25 andthey would rather see Agelina swinging]from a rope, than a human interest story.Second, Hollywood has shot themselves inthe foot because the've shoved so manyaction and adventure movies down theirthroats that that's all they want to see.That is why you don't see too many gooddramas anymore. Young people like action.

  • May 22, 2008 SCOVAL71
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    As another writer/reviewer says: I also looked at my watch. Horrible accent by Jolie. More of a documentary; save your money.

  • May 22, 2008 Welcome Marino
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    I'm sorry but it was too dragged out. It was more of a documentary then a movie.It was one of the worst films I have seen this year.

  • May 22, 2008 jkg154
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    What makes this story so compelling that it had to be made into a movie anyway? It's obvious that it's because Daniel Pearl was Jewish; which in some way makes him hero. Thousands of soldiers have died in both Afghanistan and Iraq, tens of thousands of if not hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed, including other Westerners who were abducted and subsequently beheaded, but Hollywood feels that this story in some way stands out . . . because he was a Jew. Ignore everyone else and immortalize a Jewish reporter.

  • May 22, 2008 Joe
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    Sorry folks, I felt this movie was boring and could have been a made for TV movie, and this Oscar worthy performance that everyone is talking about for Angelina Jolie, I've seen better, her performance, to me, was not all that it was hyped up to be.

  • May 22, 2008 mikeytron
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    And I'm not talking about the pies! This movie was funny, touching, inspiring, and well written. No ~ it's not a guy flick. But it's a movie a guy can like. It's a thinking man/woman's comedy/drama. So it's not for everybody.

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