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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There’s little doubt that the obvious parallels between this dark coming-of-age drama and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are deliberate. But while they are undeniably overreaching, director Rufus Norris has adapted Daniel Clay’s young adult novel with a sensitivity that will appeal to teens and adults alike. show more

  • 60
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    There are simply too many characters jostling for attention and too many competing plot strands in a not-quite-seamless marriage of hard-edged social realism with a lyrical novelistic overlay. That said, the film is rich in poignant moments and negotiates its frequent shifts from violence to gentleness to sorrow with sensitivity. show more

  • 75
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    It's the rare coming-of-age narrative that manages to respect the tricky ambiguities of shifting perceptions. show more

  • 63

    An absorbing coming-of-age drama that suddenly, pointlessly self-destructs with an onslaught of cheap ironies and overkill. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A couple of heavyweight actors — Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy — get top billing, but this British drama belongs to young Eloise Laurence, memorable as Skunk, the diabetic daughter of Roth’s kindly solicitor. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Awkward music cues and choppy camera work add baggage to a film so overwrought that its excesses seem more unintentionally silly than bleakly disturbing. show more

  • 70
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    Broken may someday be remembered only as a minor footnote in Norris’ career, but it’s already a career worth following. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    The first feature from British theater director Rufus Norris deftly mixes gritty realism and lyrical impressionism, though its five-car pileup of a climax ultimately makes the film feel less a Greek tragedy than a miniseries in miniature. show more

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    Neil Smith Total Film

    Believably charts a girl’s coming of age but is eventually capsized by lurid melodrama. show more

  • 60
    Dave Calhoun Time Out London

    If its script is a little unwieldy and overwrought at times, Broken is still a work of delightful moments and strong promise for many of those involved. Norris works hard to inject some joy and wonder into what could easily be a much more dark and miserable experience. show more

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