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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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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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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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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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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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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San Francisco Chronicle

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

Solid performances, great twists

By pedsarq
This is an entertaining thriller featuring crooked politicians and crooked ex-cops playing dangerously with each other. Crowe is the incumbent Mayor of NYC and he's in a close election race with an...

Broken City was darn good

By flirtemercury223
I as pleasantly surprised. Only wish the previews didn't reveal a major twist of the film. Go see it! Saw Haunted House today and it was trash-WAS NOT FUNNY AT ALL >_I as pleasantly surprised. Only...

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,...


By lnbee
Looked better in the previews. Story convaluted, no real suprises, Crowe kind of a caricature, Zeta-Jones Botox injection too fresh. Alona Tal as the Walberg's assistant was the best character. ...

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....

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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,...

Ok movie

By colorfusion
There was not as much action as I would have liked to see. Love love love Mark in this movie. Can't wait to see him and the Rock in Pain and Gain!!...

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Rated R | For Some Sexual Content, Pervasive Language and Violence
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