100

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh.
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89

Film.com

By William Goss
A superb tearjerker in between beautiful bluegrass ballads.
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88

RogerEbert.com

It's a rich, raw, heartache of a film, a beautifully composed, soul-stirring drama about love, family, sex, sorrow, faith, and music.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
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.
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83

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
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.
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80

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
A tough, vital, electrifying film.
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80

New York Daily News

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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70

Village Voice

The Broken Circle Breakdown crashes as frequently as it soars, but the ache at its center feels real.
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60

Variety

By Boyd van Hoeij
Sophisticated cutting brings out the story’s complex emotional undercurrents, though “Breakdown’s” less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.