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A waitress looking to make good on a series of bad life choices finds her noble quest for redemption stifled when a deeply disturbed ex-boyfriend comes looking to win her back in this dark psychological drama from director Alan White. Hope (Heather Graham) has traveled quite a few darkened roadways in her relatively brief existence, but now the time has come to leave her past behind and realize her dreams of becoming an entertainer. Soon after moving to the big city, Hope makes the acquaintance of Will (Jeremy Sisto). When the pair subsequently gets involved with drugs, Hope realizes that in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The] script is so uneven that the result is like watching four different, equally bad, movies."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"Heather Graham's would-be singer-songwriter in Broken is a walking cliché in a film overstuffed with them."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Formulaic soap opera has the makings of camp but the heart of an after-school special."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Despite good work by the two leads to put it back together again, Broken lives up to its title."
‑ Brian Tallerico, The Deadbolt
"Alan White's follow-up to Risk is still pretty entertaining, if not in the way he intended."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Broken is a pretentiously time-fragmented, tedious slog."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"Tiresome and turgid, Broken has nothing to say and says it slowly. Even the sex scenes are a bore."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"...a fairly tedious and thoroughly familiar portrait of drug abuse."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Broken goes a bit heavy on the symbolism (naming the leads Hope and Will, for starters) and tries to stir up sympathy for characters who may not deserve it, but as cautionary tales go, it's worth a look."
‑ Gary Goldstein,
"A stagy piece that allows the audience to wonder how much is going on in the central character's drug-induced hallucinations and how much is real--No matter, though, since nothing is particularly dramatic or original."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"'Why?' you may wonder as the end credits roll on director Alan White's Broken."
‑ Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ideas aren't enough to overcome a badly organized structure and often stilted acting."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Broken has little of any great substance to add to the old truism that L.A. eats its young (especially those who just got off the bus from Ohio) and then picks its teeth with their hopes and dreams."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Says nothing new in a familiar way."
‑ Mark Dujsik, UR Chicago Magazine
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