A Mighty Heart

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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
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  1. DanielN.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    One of a kind. One of the most important films this year and every American should see it. Jolie at her very best. Give her the Oscar now.
  2. DarleneG.
    Aug 2, 2007
    10
    Angelina Jolie - amazing woman, amazing actress, amazing heart. Great performance worthy of an Oscar.
  3. JaredC
    Jul 20, 2007
    0
    Blow me. They try to make this movie to be an emotional sad film, but had no taste at all. Angelina Jolie was all right but the plot was completely out of the ordinary pointless.
  4. LindaM
    Jul 19, 2007
    9
    Gripping, restrained and intelligently portrayed.
  5. JohnW.
    Jul 4, 2007
    10
    tense, devastating and emotional. AJ gives a performance that perfectly captures the anger, hope, and despair of Mariane Pearl. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time; a thriller and a love story all at once. Very moving. Loved the end song and the simple piano piece over the flashbacks.
  6. CaladoniaK.
    Jun 26, 2007
    10
    FANTASTIC. Angelina is brilliant in this heartbreaking masterpiece.
  7. JocelynG.
    Jun 24, 2007
    10
    If anyone of you who see any dissatisfaction with the film are looking only on one aspect of the film which is the popularity of the Miss Jolie, in the back of anyones mind, can you honestly say that you or anyone else can do a much better job of playing the role of Miss Pearl? Yes Pearl was played by a Caucasian as well as the most popular actress, but you have to admit that with If anyone of you who see any dissatisfaction with the film are looking only on one aspect of the film which is the popularity of the Miss Jolie, in the back of anyones mind, can you honestly say that you or anyone else can do a much better job of playing the role of Miss Pearl? Yes Pearl was played by a Caucasian as well as the most popular actress, but you have to admit that with make-up, wig and accent, she did disappear from being Jolie to being Marianne Pearl, not only by looks but by playing the main character of the story. If no one can see this, then non of you have the right to be critics because you judge by the celebrity status of the actress and not by how intense she can play the part. jg... Expand
  8. MagaliP.
    Jun 24, 2007
    9
    Very touching movie that makes you reflect on the values of life, courage, vengeance. Angelina Jolie is AMAZING! Stay for the generic for the song by Nouvelle Vague!
  9. DWilly
    Jun 24, 2007
    4
    No, I'm sorry, this just isn't a very good movie. Well-meaning, certainly, but with mostly ad libbed dialog that is painfully glib or clunky and consistently guts the tension out of what should have been a very interesting, educational story. The glowing reviews given the acting of the mighty celebrity that is Angelina Jolie comes, I think, from "bear on a bicycle" syndrome... No, I'm sorry, this just isn't a very good movie. Well-meaning, certainly, but with mostly ad libbed dialog that is painfully glib or clunky and consistently guts the tension out of what should have been a very interesting, educational story. The glowing reviews given the acting of the mighty celebrity that is Angelina Jolie comes, I think, from "bear on a bicycle" syndrome... people are impressed she can do it at all. Expand
  10. DanielJ.
    Jun 22, 2007
    5
    Hoberman's Village Voice review says it all, and better than I could. It comes off as well-intentioned, but a vanity project for Jolie nonetheless. All the acting is quality, but it doesn't really commit to the visceral nature of the story. Not affecting.
  11. TabU.
    Jun 22, 2007
    6
    Angelina's great performance suffers from an otherwise confusing, chaotic use of semi-realism photography. Too many scenes appear to be useless travelogue footage that have no bearing on the movie's main premise and unlike "Lost in Translation" the direction of this movie required that the audience be given better editing and a clear intent on what this movie was attempting to Angelina's great performance suffers from an otherwise confusing, chaotic use of semi-realism photography. Too many scenes appear to be useless travelogue footage that have no bearing on the movie's main premise and unlike "Lost in Translation" the direction of this movie required that the audience be given better editing and a clear intent on what this movie was attempting to portray. Daniel Pearl is not seen much in this movie is appears more of an afterthought. Angelina Jolie as Marianne Hanssen, however, is almost brilliant in her scenes that captivate and express the perplexity of her situation and her efforts and bewilderment in this tragedy. Unfortunately, her presence can't escape the overall movie's slow and uneven pacing and editing, and the collage of cinematic scenes that appear to be pasted together that when taken as a whole cannot hold the entire movie together. Expand
  12. BillyS.
    Jun 22, 2007
    8
    Since falling for Brad Pitt while making Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie put acting on the back burner to focus on being a mother and humanitarian and in doing so, has become a tabloid goddess known more for adopting and having babies than an actress. A Mighty Heart puts all those headlines back in perspective because Angelina Jolie is, first and foremost, a brilliant actress. As Since falling for Brad Pitt while making Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie put acting on the back burner to focus on being a mother and humanitarian and in doing so, has become a tabloid goddess known more for adopting and having babies than an actress. A Mighty Heart puts all those headlines back in perspective because Angelina Jolie is, first and foremost, a brilliant actress. As Marianne Pearl, Jolie gives the best, most nuanced performance of her carreer. Like Winterbottom's United 93, the story and ending of A Mighty Heart are universally known, but Jolie and Winterbottom put you right there for every frustrating, heartbreaking moment. Jolie is simply extraordinary and the first lock for an Oscar nomination next January! Welcome back Angelina, we've missed you! Expand
  13. LeeS.
    Jun 22, 2007
    10
    This is a devastating film...a must see.
  14. Karen
    Jun 21, 2007
    2
    Okay, so it is true that Jolie gives one of her best performances. That is obvious. But step back for a second and look at this film. Stop being easy on it because its a true story. It is simply a messy and dull movie that comes up empty where it shoulife old jerk teers. It is mostly boring, provides no twist or area of suspense that should be represented by this fascinating story. The Okay, so it is true that Jolie gives one of her best performances. That is obvious. But step back for a second and look at this film. Stop being easy on it because its a true story. It is simply a messy and dull movie that comes up empty where it shoulife old jerk teers. It is mostly boring, provides no twist or area of suspense that should be represented by this fascinating story. The emotional depth and life inside the other characters, besides Jolie, (which only she gives to herself, with no help from the director) is non-existant. The film is really not very good. It is jumbled, confusing, inconclusive, boring, and feels very dull and empty. There is really nothing to the film. I would not see it again. Expand
  15. RyanM.
    Jun 19, 2007
    10
    An excellent movie...Jolie and Futterman are excellent. A must-see.
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    Like many of Winterbottom's movies, it falls a step short of its full potential. Its tact is both its strength and its weakness. The climax feels rushed: it's the rare movie these days that feels too short.
  2. 88
    The film belongs to Jolie. She won an Oscar for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted," but this is by far her best performance.
  3. Expertly fashioned documentary-style drama.