Broken City Synopsis
An ex-cop (Mark Wahlberg) goes to war against New York's corrupt mayor (Russell Crowe).
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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A good movie and very entertaining

By schwartzm9039
One of Mark Wahlberg's good performances and a standard Markie-Mark tough guy showing. Nothing new here: A twisting and turning drama wrapped around a good script, with excellent actors. Good...

Intelligent Plot, Well Executed, More Editing Was Required.

By Alon Patterson
Overall, this is a fine film populated with A-list talent. They all live up to their reps and deliver fine performances here. Still, they can only do what's on the page and it's obvious this play,...

Entertaining but not great

By swaymbsc
Movie was ok, pretty good i guess. Wahlberg is always good as a tough guy. I give it a 7.5 out of 10. However, I do have two questions. Why was Russel Crowe so tan he looked orange? And why does...

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By tmwally
This film has such a twisted, suspenceful plot. I really enjoyed it and recommend to those who like intrigue,suspence, drama and the line up of actors....

Russell Crowe from Brooklyn I think not!

By moviegoinggirl
So the story was very thin. It did not keep you guessing, it barely kept you interested. There just isn't enough movie here. And I just couldn't get over Russell Crowe's horrible Brooklyn accent....

Broken City

By Dailymoviegoer
I liked it. The acting was great. The movie had a few twists that I didn't expect. Didn't have the usual expected ending so it made the movie seem like it was based on a true story. Which It wasn't,...

boring

By belkis8
I was so excited to see this movie due to some of the actors.. However, the whole movie seemed to drag. It was a good plot, but I wish I hadn't wasted my money. YOU be the judge!....

Broken City

By lovemypets
The movie was fine but seriously compromised by the absolutely horrible seats. If the seats hadn't been so bad, then I think I would have enjoyed the movie even more. Two of my favorite actors was...

Something's Missing

By COVER4
Overall, it was ok. I went away with thinking that something was missing - either there were problems with the script or with the editing. The movie could have been great with better editing. In...

Worth the money

By movie_lover926
It had just the right amount of action and suspense. It lacked development in some critical areas, but it probably would have made the movie too long and drawn out. i simply the male actors held...

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Rated R | For Some Sexual Content, Pervasive Language and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Political thriller mixes violence, language, drinking, sex.
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