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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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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David Sexton
This is London

This is "a true story", we are told at the start - these things truly happened to Zamperini, truly a remarkable man. That makes it all the worse that such extreme suffering and heroism should be so unaffecting, actually boring.

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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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Rich Cline

With a true story that's almost hard to believe, this inspiring biographical drama is made with attention to detail and a remarkable resistance to sentiment.

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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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Peter Bradshaw

It's just like an epic version of a motivational poster from Hallmark, deploying phrases such as "You gotta take it to make it" and pedantically connecting the trials Zamperini surmounted in his youth with the nightmares he faced during war.

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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