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A Mighty Heart Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Despite the best of intentions, an actress who makes her own headlines gets in the way of the big picture.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The film's point of view is inevitably that of an outsider, which Danny Pearl was, and menace is the essence of this shattering story, which has been told with skill and urgent conviction. A Mighty Heart makes the terms of the terrorist threat palpable.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Expertly fashioned documentary-style drama.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Powerful docudrama is for mature viewers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this docudrama probably won't interest the majority of kids -- only the most mature teens will want to see the story of a woman's mission to save her kidnapped husband. But since Angelina Jolie is the star, and the story of Daniel Pearl's abduction and videotaped murder has been widely reported, some tweens/young teens might be curious. While the actual killing isn't shown, snippets of the preceding video are, as are photos of Danny in captivity and images of suspects being briefly tortured while interrogated. There's also a great deal of harsh language ("f--k," "s--t", etc.), almost all prompted by despair and anger at Danny's capture and death.

  • Families can talk about the significance of Daniel Pearl's kidnapping and murder. Why did it garner so much media attention? How do you feel about the fact that the media broadcast images of Pearl's beheading?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Mariane and her friends, Danny's co-workers, bravely aid Pakistani police in the search for the kidnapped Danny.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Disturbing photos and video of both a captured Danny and suspects being tortured during police interrogations; upsetting pivotal scene in which a group watches the footage of Danny's murder. Mariane cries and screams when she finds out her husband's fate.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A discreet flashback of Mariane and Danny making love, cuddling in bed, and dancing at a club. They also hug and kiss each other the day he's abducted.

  • language false3

    Language: Many uses of "f--k" after Mariane and her friends find out Danny has been abducted and then killed (pretty understandable given the context). Other curses include "s--t," "a--hole," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Just the prominently featured Wall Street Journal (where Danny worked) and CNN.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wine at a couple of dinner parties.