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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 22, 2014
    100
    When you get through it, though, you can’t help but feel uplifted by this tough-skinned movie that can stand with the best muscular wartime dramas in the American movie canon.
  2. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Dec 1, 2014
    80
    Jack O’Connell’s, wiry, indefatigable Zamperini holds your attention without effort.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 23, 2014
    70
    It is a harrowing journey, and an inspirational one. But, as director, Jolie takes far too long to tell it, particularly in such a conventional manner.
  4. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Dec 16, 2014
    63
    The film's chief misstep is taking its title too literally, and ultimately depicting Louie as an indestructible, and thus largely inhuman, superhero.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Dec 1, 2014
    60
    Lavish and sporadically powerful, Jolie's POW biopic may have just enough gravity to entice the Academy, but struggles to bring truth to an unbelievable truth.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 23, 2014
    50
    Unbroken, is a cinematic scrapbook, a collection of well-composed scenes practically cut and pasted from “Memphis Belle,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Life of Pi” and “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” Unlike those other films, though, Angelina Jolie’s second effort as a director is more a series of similar events than a story, and lacks an underlying message except that torture hurts.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Dec 27, 2014
    38
    Unbroken is a grueling endurance test - for the audience just as much as for its cutout champion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 61
  2. Negative: 9 out of 61
  1. Dec 25, 2014
    10
    It's handsomely mounted, well-cast, it looks so great . and it certainly conveys a true story worth telling. cinematographer Roger Deakins isIt's handsomely mounted, well-cast, it looks so great . and it certainly conveys a true story worth telling. cinematographer Roger Deakins is exellent. Expand
  2. Jan 14, 2015
    10
    Unbroken fires all cylinders onto the audience to mount a sense of discomfort. The shocking truth and amazing direction leaves me amazed thatUnbroken fires all cylinders onto the audience to mount a sense of discomfort. The shocking truth and amazing direction leaves me amazed that 2015 has already delivered the goods. Unbroken stands above many in it's genre and provides viewers with a deep hearten story that is sure to give you shivers down your spin. To top it off the excellent cast forms a overall movie of the year materiel and ensures us war never changes! Unbroken is your go to block buster of 2015. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2015
    9
    When I heard that this film was directed by Angelina Jolie, I had my doubts about how good it could get to be, knowing her much more for beingWhen I heard that this film was directed by Angelina Jolie, I had my doubts about how good it could get to be, knowing her much more for being an actress than a director. But when I finally watched, all my doubts were erased, because this movie is pretty good. It tells the true story of a young man that, being an Olympic athlete, was caught and retained as a war prisoner by Japan in the World War II; and all the things that he had to put up to being there.
    Now, first, the acting was fantastic. The main character really did his job pretty well, but not only him, but everyone in the movie had an incredible performance. The film is beautifully shot, has some nice special effects when necessary, and it actually is very realistic in many aspects. Though, some scenes that were supposed to be really fascinating were actually slow. The reason of this is the fact that in some parts, this movie lacks of a very good soundtrack. I didn’t really like this, but it doesn’t happen for a very big part of the entire runtime.
    Angelina Jolie didn’t disappoint me, she really showed that she is director material and I hope she keeps directing movies like this one. It has its flaws, but in general the story is great, very well told.
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  4. Feb 19, 2015
    6
    My girlfriend wanted to watch this and so I did so reluctantly and was quite surprised. As Jack O'Connell who I don't particularly likeMy girlfriend wanted to watch this and so I did so reluctantly and was quite surprised. As Jack O'Connell who I don't particularly like because in most films he plays a young man who gets angry and breaks things actually did a decent job in this role and was enjoyable throughout the film.

    The film has its ups and its downs with some scenes being incredibly boring and others which are entertaining but all in all its a good film to watch but could have been done a lot better
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  5. Dec 27, 2014
    6
    An ambitious but nevertheless overlong effort that frequently (and unfortunately) resorts to cliche, formula and the safe route in favor ofAn ambitious but nevertheless overlong effort that frequently (and unfortunately) resorts to cliche, formula and the safe route in favor of taking chances that would have served the picture better. While I certainly don't expect a lot from director Angelina Jolie, I definitely expect something more inventive from the screenwriting Coen Brothers, who seem to have turned uncharacteristically timid here. Louie Zamperini's story is indeed an inspiring tale, one that deserved better treatment than it received here. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2015
    5
    Angelina botched this film. It had no inspiration, left out the last part of his life which was what I was looking to see. Instead I was stuckAngelina botched this film. It had no inspiration, left out the last part of his life which was what I was looking to see. Instead I was stuck with what seemed like stock war film footage of being stranded at sea and brutality at a Japanese POW camp. How many times have you see that already? Did she run out of budget and couldn't tell the post war part of life? What she did show was flat and motionless, no peaks, no valleys. A major disappointment. Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2014
    0
    If you like to watch a guy get hit with a stick, by all means go out and watch this movie. If you don't like watching a guy get hit with aIf you like to watch a guy get hit with a stick, by all means go out and watch this movie. If you don't like watching a guy get hit with a stick, stay very far away. Overall, this movie was very frustrating to watch. Scenes were dragged out making the movie a lot longer than it needed to be, particularly a raft scene and a pow camp scene. I mean, how many times can you get hit with a stick before we just tire of it and beg for the movie to end. Sure it may be a true story, but I'm quite positive there were some embellishments and exaggerations to make it more movie worthy. It's mostly a story of struggle and physical torment, and the ending just left me wondering why did they even bother making this into a movie. Expand

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