Unbroken (2014)

Academy Award (R) winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unbroken is undoubtedly well-intentioned, but it hits a few too many of the expected prestige-pic beats to register as strongly as it should.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

It's moving, admirable, and occasionally exhilarating. What it's missing is the one thing that could always be counted on with Jolie as a star: the spark of danger.

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Alonso Duralde

The film boasts both sheen and efficiency without always delivering an equivalent emotional impact. It's easier to be awed or impressed by it than moved.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

I liked the way that Louis is played in this movie. He is a hero, but not totally defiant, and not always strong. He has his weaknesses, and that makes him more believable. The acting is excellent in the film.

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David Denby
New Yorker

An interminable, redundant, unnecessary epic devoted to suffering, suffering, suffering.

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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

This will be a tough film for some to take. But it also has strong appeal as an extraordinary survival story, and Laura Hillenbrand's first-rate book that inspired it has not been on the best-seller lists for four years for nothing.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Jolie is working in broad strokes, which isn't a sin. There are worse inspirations than the majesty and imperilled masculinity of David Lean.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

Angelina Jolie's film as a director is a gorgeously shot and hardhitting old-school war drama - but still somehow fails to get under its subject's skin.

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Justin Chang

A bit embalmed in its own nobility, it's an extraordinary story told in dutiful, unexceptional terms, the passionate commitment of all involved rarely achieving gut-level impact.

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Siobhan Synnot

The problem is that Jolie cannot bring herself to be selective, instead cramming all of these incidents into one movie. The result is a picture that never hits its stride.

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It's hard not to regard this pedantic film as anything more than just a respectful history lesson. The picture opens with a bang with some spectacular… More
Philip Price
Unbroken is perfectly positioned and has every credential imaginable to become a classic Hollywood drama like those of years gone by. It is the kind of film… More