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Broken (15)

Broken (15)


The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.

The critical consensus

Eloise Laurence gives a terrific performance as a 13-year-old navigating a tricky set of neighbours in this British dramedy.

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 03/03/2013

Newcomer Laurence gives the standout performance as the smart, precociously mature tween, but the ensemble cast all handle the tough, emotionally honest material with sensitivity.

***(*)(*)Angie Errigo, Empire Online, 04/03/2013

One of the ironies of Broken is that the super-smart, self-assured and utterly bewitching performance of its young star Eliose Laurence is so brilliant, it actually exposes the film around her for the crock of hooey it really is.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/03/2013

By the end, it's like Brookside on speed, hurtling round corners from one crisis to another, barely able to catch its breath. O'Rowe has done good work before – Intermission, Boy A – but this nervous breakdown of a movie will be best forgotten.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 07/03/2013

The cast are terrific – including Cillian Murphy as a sympathetic teacher – but it’s a tough watch.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, 07/03/2013

Actors of this calibre can't do anything other than a good job but the basic form of the drama is, for me, tangled and clotted.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/03/2013

What really impresses are the performances from a uniformly fine cast, with newcomer Eloise Laurence clearly a talent to watch.

****(*)Daily Express, 08/03/2013

It feels relentlessly miserable and shocking – as if all the most lurid events in two decades of Brookside had been squeezed into 90 minutes.

**(*)(*)(*)David Gritten, The Telegraph, 07/03/2013

What for most of the time is an engaging state-of-the nation piece in the manner of the late Alan Clarke finally erupts into unpersuasive, blood-drenched melodrama that is no doubt intended as a wake-up call to a troubled country.

Philip French, The Observer, 10/03/2013

Broken is a farcically overwrought drama that probably means well, but is ham-fisted in its portrayal of real-life issues.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 19/03/2013

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday March 8, 2013, until Thursday March 21, 2013. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday March 15, 2013, until Thursday March 21, 2013. More info:

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