A Mighty Heart
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Angelina Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, in director Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Mariane's memoir recounting the abduction and murder of her husband (played in the film by Dan Futterman) by Pakistani militants. It was on January 23, 2002, that Mariane Pearl's life took a grim and unanticipated turn that no one could have seen coming. The South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, Daniel Pearl, was in Pakistan with his pregnant wife, Mariane, when he set out to conduct one last interview for an upcoming article; the pair were… 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
"[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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Absorbingly touching and terrifying, A Mighty Heart is an intimate film but has the gutsy and reflective ingredients of sorrow, introspection and outrage."
‑ Frank Ochieng, World Voice News
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