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Unbroken Review

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3.0

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  • 3.0
    59

    out of 100

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety 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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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The title isn’t “Broken,” so there’s not much doubt of the outcome. But it’s certainly regrettable, because this long and increasingly sluggish film version of the Laura Hillenbrand book celebrates an American life of singular heroism.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Unbroken is an ambitious, sometimes moving film that suffers from a little too much self-conscious nobility, and far too many scenes of sadistic brutality.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As directed by Angelina Jolie, it is occasionally powerful, with soaring visuals. It also is, however, stately and slow to the point of tedium.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Rightly, Jolie didn't want to tell the man's entire life story. But as is, at too-convenient dramatic junctures, the screenplay darts back into flashbacks of Zamperini's childhood or young adulthood, when we should really be sticking with the crisis at hand.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A great true story is telescoped down to a merely good one in Unbroken. After a dynamite first half-hour, Angelina Jolie's accomplished second outing as a director slowly looses steam.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Jolie's account is mostly accurate but coldly clinical. The story is effective in relaying Zamperini's narrative but lacks both the gut punch one often gets from prisoner-of-war narratives and the full catharsis one expects at the end.

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