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629 Ratings


Directed by Rufus Norris
United Kingdom, 2012


A girl witnesses a violent attack committed by a neighbor in one of three interconnected stories in a British housing estate. It is based on the 2008 novel of the same name written by Daniel Clay, which was partly inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Broken Directed by Rufus Norris

Awards & Festivals

European Film Awards

2012 | Nominee: European Discovery of the Year

Stockholm International Film Festival

2012 | 2 wins including: Best Actor (Aluminum Horse)

2012 | Special Mention: Competition

2012 | Honorable Mention: Best Actress

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Young British Performer of the Year

Even if some of the players never transcend two dimensions, there’s a grace to Norris’ overarching, expressionistic portrait of the way regret, resentment, and fury often conspire to foster only more of the same. Everything culminates with a closing sequence of shared father-daughter catharsis that shamelessly but effectively tugs at the heartstrings.
July 18, 2013
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What had been a lovely, gossamer-thin, anecdotal slice of life abruptly turns melodramatic and cruel, culminating in a garishly cheesy New Age finale right out of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. But while this third-act meltdown badly damages the movie, it doesn’t erase the assured, preternatural confidence that first-time director Rufus Norris demonstrates before the material finally overwhelms him.
July 18, 2013
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The first feature from British theater director Rufus Norris deftly mixes gritty realism and lyrical impressionism, though its five-car pileup of a climax ultimately makes the film feel less a Greek tragedy than a miniseries in miniature.
July 16, 2013
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