A Mighty Heart
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On Jan. 23, 2002, Mariane Pearl's world changed forever. Her husband Daniel, South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid. The story drew them to Karachi where a go-between had promised access to an elusive source. As Danny left for the meeting, he told Mariane he might be late for dinner. He never returned. In the face of death, Danny's spirit of defiance and his unflinching belief in the power of journalism led Mariane to write about his disappearance, the intense effort to find him and his eventual murder in her memoir… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"The only drama comes in the waiting, which eventually becomes tiresome."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"No preaching and no proselytizing. Just a horrible happening in a continually complicated world."
‑ Tim Basham, Paste Magazine
"The film would be nothing without Angelina Jolie's brave, powerful performance."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"British director Michael Winterbottom's film is as close to naturalism as one can get."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Winterbottom's gritty sensibility and feel for geopolitical realities is perfect for the film. There's no room for Hollywood gloss - and no need for it."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[Jolie's] stunning performance is a career best and a powerful dedication to the strength and bravery of the real life Mariane Pearl."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"It is to director Michael Winterbottom's (24 Hour Party People, Welcome to Sarajevo) credit that he can achieve such a powerful film without bludgeoning his audience with the images of the unspeakable violence that were inherent in Pearl's last days."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"When Mariane finds out about Daniel's death, she lets out a guttural scream; one that rivals Sean Penn's outburst in Mystic River in raw emotional defeat."
‑ Marlow Stern, Manhattan Movie Magazine
"He [Winterbottom] approaches his subjects as very, very real, not just fodder for topical films."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Honesty and courage are the main virtues of A Mighty Heart, which strives to shed light on dark times. Central to it is Jolie's laudable performance."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Torpid, faux-inspirational"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Angelina Jolie continues to prove her acting is worth more discussion than her personal life. It's not always fun to watch, but it's an important piece of work."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"... A Mighty Heart fails to do the story justice or to flesh out the heroic people involved."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
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