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  • Summary: Angelina Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, in director Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Mariane's memoir "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl," recounting the abduction and murder of her husband by Pakistani militants.
  • Director: Michael Winterbottom
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 108 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. The title comes from the memoir by Mariane Pearl, wife of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. It applies equally to Winterbottom, who has made the rarest movie among this summer's releases: a taut police procedural that examines all sides of an issue and forces us to re-think our own.
  2. 88
    What is best about A Mighty Heart is that it doesn't reduce the Daniel Pearl story to a plot, but elevates it to a tragedy. A tragedy that illuminates and grieves for the hatred that runs loose in our world, hatred as a mad dog that attacks everyone. Attacks them for what seems, to the dog, the best of reasons.
  3. 83
    The most striking thing about it is what it's not...a richly atmospheric film that races surefootedly through complexities of data and emotion like a spy movie and not at all like a sentimental sob story.
  4. 75
    The film is fascinating and at times disturbing, but Winterbottom's arms-length style mutes any emotional impact.
  5. 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.
  6. 70
    A taut, meticulously crafted police procedural.
  7. 50
    Angelina Jolie is the major alienation effect in A Mighty Heart, although she's not the only one. The hectic pizzazz with which hired gun Michael Winterbottom directs this tale of terrifying terrorism is another distraction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

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