The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

The Broken Circle Breakdown is the new film by Felix van Groeningen. The film is based on the stage play with the same name by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels, with which they filled all manner of theaters, church halls, public houses… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Broken Circle Breakdown's reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, but overall, it's an intoxicating, finely wrought romance -- and one with a terrific soundtrack to boot.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The movie swings like a pendulum between elation and despair, with little time devoted to anything in between.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Breakdown gets the music right and has the benefit of strong acting, but its unapologetically melodramatic plot has a tendency to throw everything at you but the kitchen sink.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

"The Broken Circle Breakdown" is a good movie, just not a great one.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Traditional bluegrass songs of loss and grief provide the inspiration and score for this innovative Belgian, Flemish-language musical drama.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

Invigorating musical elements and the lead actors' potent chemistry can't entirely protect this tragic relationship drama from its encroaching shortage of subtlety.

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Nick Newman
The Film Stage

A significant amount of redemption arrives in its final moments, which find a way to bind itself with the heart of the picture we've been observing for nearly two hours.

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

It's the music that really brings Broken Circle to life, an excellent collection of old-timey country classics and originals that reconnects the broken bits of the story and resonates with its deepest emotions.

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Boyd van Hoeij

Breakdown's less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines.

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Gilda Williams
Sight and Sound

Constantly you worry that the movie will collapse under the strain of more raw emotions but it rarely falters and never lapses into the predictable or the sentimental.

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Mark Abell
Well, I, for one, was blown away by this! A heartbreakingly beautiful story told in a piecemeal fashion that I found annoying at first, but that soon drew me in… More
KJ Proulx
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