Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh. Read full review
A superb tearjerker in between beautiful bluegrass ballads. Read full review
It's a rich, raw, heartache of a film, a beautifully composed, soul-stirring drama about love, family, sex, sorrow, faith, and music. Read full review
Rare, too, is the way The Broken Circle Breakdown incorporates music into its narrative. The songs - traditional bluegrass and country, and a clutch of new ones rooted in same - are as integral to the characters and their relationships as the dialogue.
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Director Felix Van Groeningen takes a story that might be too much to bear in a straightforward, linear narrative and explodes it, then artfully reassembles the pieces by jumping back and forth in time. Read full review
While Felix von Groeningen's film, which centers around a couple whose child is diagnosed with cancer, could easily have strayed into maudlin territory, the deft, non-chronological structure and the constantly surprising, beautiful performances -- both acting and the musical -- elevate it well clear of any Movie of the Week associations. Read full review
A tough, vital, electrifying film. Read full review
This movie has one of the finest final scenes in a movie this year and, if there were justice, Baetens would break out as an international star.
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The Broken Circle Breakdown crashes as frequently as it soars, but the ache at its center feels real. Read full review
Sophisticated cutting brings out the story’s complex emotional undercurrents, though “Breakdown’s” less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines. Read full review
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