Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Jan 17, 2013
    30
    There are plot twists galore, but they unfold in ham-fisted fashion, as if the screenwriter (newbie Brian Tucker) didn't know how to layer the mystery. Instead, the movie simply drops these secrets out of nowhere, in clunky fashion.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 17, 2013
    38
    Another January dud. Broken City drops hot-shot actors in a quicksand of clich├ęs and watches them sink.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jan 21, 2013
    30
    So Broken City stokes a lot of hopes. Too bad for all of us, the makers and the watchers alike, that it's a grimy botch.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 17, 2013
    30
    The only reason to see this dreary parade of deception and venality is Mark Wahlberg's performance as a disgraced ex-cop caught up in the thick of menacing events he can't understand. It's striking how this tightly focused actor can find his own firmly grounded reality in the falsest of surroundings.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    4
    It's just a very average movie - starting with the writing. The story is just not all that interesting, and the script isn't saved at all byIt's just a very average movie - starting with the writing. The story is just not all that interesting, and the script isn't saved at all by the directing. An all-around forgettable film. Full Review »
  2. Jan 23, 2013
    5
    Broken City is worth watching if you like watching movies; however, you might set yourself up for disappointment if you have highBroken City is worth watching if you like watching movies; however, you might set yourself up for disappointment if you have high expectations. No singular part of this movie is folly or apathetic, but the story and performances aren't the ones you will recommend when someone asks you, "what's the best movie out right now?" Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2013
    10
    Do not miss out on this movie! I thought Marky Mark would just be OK, but this movie will leave you breathless and Speachless at the sameDo not miss out on this movie! I thought Marky Mark would just be OK, but this movie will leave you breathless and Speachless at the same time. Should have been nominated for the Oscars. Full Review »