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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.
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.
  2. The story feels as urgent as the latest bad news out of the Middle East.
  3. 70
    The result, like many of Winterbottom's films, lies an inch short of disarray; we CAN keep pace with the investigation, but only just, and that sense of splintering honors the unpredictability of the setting.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    This is one of those roles where casting can't help but trump acting. Like Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, Angelina Jolie IS Mariane Pearl--and that marquee-size "is" gets in the way, not of her performance, but of our ability to suspend disbelief and watch it.
  5. The elliptical narrative also recalls Fernando Meirelles' somewhat similarly themed "The Constant Gardener," a film ultimately more heartfelt and accessible to mainstream audiences because its maker is unafraid of grief and explores it more deeply.

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  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. 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 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. Expand
  3. DarleneG.
    Aug 2, 2007
    10
    Angelina Jolie - amazing woman, amazing actress, amazing heart. Great performance worthy of an Oscar.
  4. 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 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! Collapse
  5. LindaM
    Jul 19, 2007
    9
    Gripping, restrained and intelligently portrayed.
  6. 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 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
  7. 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 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. Expand

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