75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The truth is that we're way past being outraged by these sorts of Crimes of the One Percent, not because they don't happen, but because the real version is so much more interesting.
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As the implausibilities and conspiracies and double-crosses pile up, Broken City paints itself into a corner. A plot can be confusing as long as the filmmakers themselves don't seem confused, but that's not the case here.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Would have made for a fine film noir 60 years ago but feels rather contrived and unbelievable in the setting of contemporary New York.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It tries to be a moody thriller, but cliched dialogue and too many coincidences make for a predictable and hackneyed film.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's never boring, but it lacks a cumulative impact.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There is no urgency, and little honesty, to the convoluted goings-on unfolding here.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Another January dud. Broken City drops hot-shot actors in a quicksand of clichés and watches them sink.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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49 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.