Broken (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 19, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The comic and tragic elements are nicely balanced, and the three families' stories neatly and economically knit together.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

[It] drives its plot via an interesting and unusual character: the female victim who's actually a wholesale liar.

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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

At least a soap opera has the luxury of spreading its quota of sensationalism over many years. Concertinaed into a time span of mere days and distributed among only three households, the litany of suffering in Broken can appear hysterical.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Although there are some light moments and traces of dark humor, Broken's overall aura is one of dread.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

"Broken'' embraces the sort of unappealing British miserabilism perfected by "Ratcatcher" director Lynne Ramsay.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

Director Rufus Norris bleakly contrasts ugly acts of violence with innocent pockets of childhood in this simple yet richly nuanced film.

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Ben Kenigsberg

An absorbing coming-of-age drama that suddenly, pointlessly self-destructs with an onslaught of cheap ironies and overkill.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

At a certain point, Mr. Norris forsakes realism for theatricalized fantasy, and "Broken" ultimately loses its stylistic cohesion, if not its humanity.

Richard Haridy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An eleven-year-old girl comes of age against the violent backdrop of her neighborhood. Director Rufus Norris resorts to some cheap tricks with non-sequential… More
Jesse Ortega
This is a pretty damn good coming-of-age film with some top-notch performances, great cinematography. The main problem, however, is the incredibly melodramatic… More
familiar stranger
The story of events going on in a neighborhood is a bit engaging, but considering the overall experience the flick offers, IMO, it's mediocre at best.
Panta Oz
What a wonderful British coming-of-age drama directed by Rufus Norris... mainly due to the amazing performance of the young actress Eloise Laurence. The film… More
The Movie Waffler
11 year-old Skunk (Laurence) lives in a suburban English cul-de-sac with her divorced father Archie (Roth) and 14 year-old brother Jed (Milner). Also sharing… More
Anthony Le
The main headline of this film is Eloise Laurence. What a magnificent actress. Her portrayal of Skunk is unparalleled, it's amongst one of the best child… More