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  • Summary: The summer holidays have just begun and 11 year-old Skunk's afternoons are full of day dreams and curious wanderings around her neighborhood - with the exception that she must regularly give herself injections to combat her type 1 diabetes. When, one day, Skunk (Eloise Laurence) discovers her bitter and angry older neighbor, Mr. Oswald (Rory Kinnear), savagely beating Rick, a psychologically-troubled boy from the neighborhood whom Mr. Oswald's daughter has callously and fictitiously accused of rape, Skunk's innocence begins to vanish. Trying to find solace with her loving nanny (Zana Marjanovic) and father (Tim Roth), with whom she is very close, Skunk is unwittingly drawn into her neighbors' unfolding melodrama involving violence, sex, and life-shattering illness. Her home, her neighborhood and her school all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and the promise of a complex, broken future. Overwhelmed by her experiences, Skunk herself is drawn into an ethereal chaos from which she may only return through the intense love of those closest to her. [Film Movement] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 17, 2013
    Doggedly manipulative and yet consistently affecting, Broken piles on the miserablism to almost unbearable effect.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 17, 2013
    Broken may someday be remembered only as a minor footnote in Norris’ career, but it’s already a career worth following.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jul 19, 2013
    An absorbing coming-of-age drama that suddenly, pointlessly self-destructs with an onslaught of cheap ironies and overkill.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jul 14, 2013
    Believably charts a girl’s coming of age but is eventually capsized by lurid melodrama.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 18, 2013
    A couple of heavyweight actors — Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy — get top billing, but this British drama belongs to young Eloise Laurence, memorable as Skunk, the diabetic daughter of Roth’s kindly solicitor.
  6. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 16, 2013
    Unfortunately, Broken lives up to its mawkish title, and the slice-of-life tragedies of the film's first half devolve into manipulative melodrama in the latter part. When society breaks, the spell does, too.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 16, 2013
    Awkward music cues and choppy camera work add baggage to a film so overwrought that its excesses seem more unintentionally silly than bleakly disturbing.

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