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The summer holidays have just begun and 11 year-old Skunk's afternoons are full of day dreams and curious wanderings around her neighborhood - with the exception that she must regularly give herself injections to combat her type 1 diabetes. When, one day, Skunk (Eloise Laurence) discovers her bitter and angry older neighbor, Mr. Oswald (Rory Kinnear), savagely beating Rick, a psychologically-troubled boy from the neighborhood whom Mr. Oswald's daughter has callously and fictitiously accused of rape, Skunk's innocence begins to vanish. Trying to find solace with her loving nanny… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The comic and tragic elements are nicely balanced, and the three families' stories neatly and economically knit together."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
""Broken'' embraces the sort of unappealing British miserabilism perfected by "Ratcatcher" director Lynne Ramsay."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Shot with a lovely warm hue by Rob Hardy, Broken has enough great moments to make it worthwhile. Yet, the naggingly problematic final sequences leave a bitter taste. Do they undo a solid first hour? That's up to the individual viewer."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"If not for Laurence's bemused, slowly comprehending take on all the drama around her, "Broken" would seem to wallow in misery."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"While the third-act meltdown badly damages the movie, it doesn't erase the assured, preternatural confidence that first-time director Rufus Norris demonstrates before the material finally overwhelms him."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"Although there are some light moments and traces of dark humor, Broken's overall aura is one of dread."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"At a certain point, Mr. Norris forsakes realism for theatricalized fantasy, and "Broken" ultimately loses its stylistic cohesion, if not its humanity."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Broken simply can't get it together on any level, delivering a tedious drama, that for all the characters and over-emoting, doesn't have much to say."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"Broken is close to being a great little film."
‑ T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
"An English coming-of-age tale with an appealing performance by Eloise Laurence as an 11-year old trying to make her way in a violent world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[It] drives its plot via an interesting and unusual character: the female victim who's actually a wholesale liar."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Norris has adapted Daniel Clay's young adult novel with a sensitivity that will appeal to teens and adults alike."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A startlingly natural performance by Ms. Laurence, along with her superb supporting cast under the mostly spot-on direction by Norris, help make all the Sturm und Drang that occurs within 'Broken' extremely palatable."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"An absorbing coming-of-age drama that suddenly, pointlessly self-destructs with an onslaught of cheap ironies and overkill."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg,
"It's the rare coming-of-age narrative that manages to respect the tricky ambiguities of shifting perceptions."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
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