A Mighty Heart Synopsis
Mariane Pearl's account of the story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The title comes from the memoir by Mariane Pearl, wife of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. It applies equally to...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film belongs to Jolie. She won an Oscar for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted," but this is by far her best performance.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Expertly fashioned documentary-style drama.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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,...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Heart-wrenching film.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The story feels as urgent as the latest bad news out of the Middle East.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Despite the best of intentions, an actress who makes her own headlines gets in the way of the big picture.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For the most part, Michael Winterbottom's well-intended film, the true story of an idealistic journalist and his gallant wife disinvites...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
I almost wish A Mighty Heart were about the Captain, and I'd bet director Michael Winterbottom does, too. The character contains all the...
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A Mighty Oscar Nom

By ESwann
I saw an advanced screening and Angelina Jolie reminds us that she is an actress in this film. All of her over exposure aside, she deserves an Oscar nomination. The scene where she finally breaks...

Well done

By lizzieslovehandles
I really liked this movie, I love a "true story" & this was faithful to pull me into their lives just like good movies should. I had a feeling that they would have to make this political, but they...

Fabulous Movie!!!

By verocita
This movie is great! Angelina does a great job and the supporting cast is also good. Definitely an emotional piece. You don't want to miss this one!...

Intense Closeup of Terrorism in Pakistan

By greenaway
Well-acted, almost a documentary of the tragedy of Daniel Pearl's murder. If you are interested in the struggle in Pakistan this is very realistic. Also shows the sacrifice journalists make to...

Educational Drama

By karipei
The movie is a docudrama, but the educational benefits of the situation abroad are so important. The relationships between the local people and the foreigners are more cooperative than I would have...

A Mighty Heart

By 71 longhorns
Angelina Jolie moves up the ladder of outstanding Hollywood stars. She is capable of showing extreme emotions and also being solid. Her use of one word, no, brings out the most emotion I have ever...

A Mighty Heart Disappoints -- But Still Barely Worth Seeing for Jolie

By fladderwinks
Angelina Jolie is a great actress generally and Michael Winterbottom is a fantastic director generally, but that's not saving this cold, removed movie. This was a very held-back performance. The...

Worth it!

By gebo
Pretty interesting movie. I only went to see this movie because I have seen Mariane Pearl being interviewed and think she had and has an amazing outlook on the whole situation. I was pleasantly...

Touching Story

By movie buff
This was a very sad story, but very well done. Angelina jolie was great as david pearl's widow. she was meant to play the part.At times, the movie dragged a bit,but it was very intense and kept your...

A Mighty Heart

By wmweiss
Good direction, excellent mise-en-scene, an interesting an exciting story. However, Daniel Pearl's character was was developed only minimally prior to his kidnapping so that it was hard to understand...

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Rated R | For language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Powerful docudrama is for mature viewers.
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