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: 63% 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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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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

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.

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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.

Brandon Judell

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.

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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