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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 20 )
  • 38
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Another January dud. Broken City drops hot-shot actors in a quicksand of clichés and watches them sink. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's never boring, but it lacks a cumulative impact. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It tries to be a moody thriller, but cliched dialogue and too many coincidences make for a predictable and hackneyed film. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The only reason to see this dreary parade of deception and venality is Mark Wahlberg's performance as a disgraced ex-cop caught up in the thick of menacing events he can't understand. It's striking how this tightly focused actor can find his own firmly grounded reality in the falsest of surroundings. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Wahlberg does what Wahlberg does, bringing muscular conviction to his troubled, tough-guy role. The city may be broken, but the movie star's formula is working fine. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There is no urgency, and little honesty, to the convoluted goings-on unfolding here. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Would have made for a fine film noir 60 years ago but feels rather contrived and unbelievable in the setting of contemporary New York. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    As an investigation into American municipal corruption, Broken City is, well, damaged. But as an opportunity for hard-boiled types to trade threats, blows and caustic banter, this modern-day noir works reasonably well. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times

    It's pretty trashy and sometimes stupid. But there was never a moment when I wasn't entertained on one level or another. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    For an hour or so, aided by the autumnal glow of Ben Seresin's cinematography, director Hughes maintains a firm handle on the story's turnabouts. Then the script goes a little nuts with coincidence and improbability. show more

  • May 10, 2013 Sir Raymond
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    Thought it was a pretty good movie. A lot of twists and turns, but it all makes sense in the end. Wahlberg is at his best, though Crowe has def. been better !

  • February 13, 2013 pmd3942
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    Deent movie!! The girl playing Mark\'s sec\'y is a future star !!!

  • February 09, 2013 mrsneilan
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    Husband and I were transfixed with so many twists and turns. Will see again; good plot and acting.

  • January 31, 2013 CHERYL
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    They should have named this movie \"BROKEN MOVIE\" SUCKED BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • January 28, 2013 sp00000000135857
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    I wish I could give this disaster to my brain a negative slew of stars. It poses itself as a noir and sure the premise is there but the film falls flat on its face right out of the gate. The dialogue is petty and dull and the sub plots immature. Some people should get a new day job.

  • January 26, 2013 mikeytron
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    This film was well cast and had a descent story. Wahlberg is great as usual. I do not agree with the negative reviews, The movie kept your attention adn had good action and good story. Crowe plays a great corrupt mayor. I would say that is true to life.

  • January 26, 2013 drstan1
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    pretty,pretty,awful,do not recommend it,corrupt mayor,police brutal murder,what else is newzetajones,having an affair,no sexy scenesmissed the boat,dull,dull,dull

  • January 25, 2013 Heather
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    This movie was good and no problem hearing the voices.

  • January 25, 2013 xk00000000107032
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    My BIG mistake was watching just the trailer and not reading the reviews, also. This move SUCKS!! The plot develops through dialogue you can\'t hear because of really stupid music drowning out incoherent exchanges. Watch at home so you can figure it out. Good actors wasted!

  • January 22, 2013 wcp714wayne
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    terrible movie - reminded me of a late nite movie - slow - didn\'t have much action - and a boring plot.


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