The Broken
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A woman is thrust into a world where everything is subtly unfamiliar in this edgy thriller from writer and director Sean Ellis. Gina McVay (Lena Headey) is a radiologist who is enjoying dinner one evening with her family and her boyfriend Stefan (Melvil Poupaud) when a mirror shatters for no apparent reason. After a few moments, no one thinks much of it, but the next day Gina is leaving work and she sees something even more troubling -- a woman who looks just like her, driving a car identical to her own. Curious, Gina sneaks into the doppelganger's apartment and sees a photo of herself and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fleeting pleasures are undermined by an inane, directionless narrative, barely-even-one-dimensional characters and an overall sense of superficiality."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"While the film might not work for fans of today's faster-paced horror/thrillers, The Broken is a creepy little pot boiler that's likely to get under the skin of many horror fans."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"This film looks good, is capably acted and builds excellent atmosphere. And then it gets lost, and so do we."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Occasionally scary, often laughably portentous, never explained."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Writer-director Sean Ellis is influenced by M. Night Shyamalan, and manages an approximation of both Shyamalan's habitual look and whispery melodramatics."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A brooding, atmospheric exercise in upscale psychological horror."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"The Brøken may offer a somewhat derivative resolution, but it gets there via an aptly fractured narrative, intertwining two radically different kinds of story type to disorienting effect."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"I was on board with The Broken through the first three quarters, but the sucker punch of nothingness at the end soured me on the whole thing."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"An extremely stylish, emotionally aloof film that lacks a strong enough story to create a great horror yarn."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"This chilling moodpiece is both psychological thriller and ghost story, with each holding up a mirror to how the other half lives."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Ellis unblushingly borrows from older movies, from the famous (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to the little known (Roger Moore chiller The Man Who Haunted Himself), but he does conjure up a spine-chilling frisson all his own when anyone passes a mirror."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"This rather nutty thriller begins to fall apart the more it tries to explain its premise, but it maintains a terrific sense of suspense right to the end"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A slick but unscary spine-chiller."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"Part mystery, part horror, it keeps us wondering what the hell is going on, while the sombre lensing ups the air of menace. The silly finale undoes a lot of the fine work, though."
‑ Neil Smith, thelondonpaper
"The tedium is almost as annoying as the sound effects."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
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