Unbroken

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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: 32 out of 66
  2. Negative: 10 out of 66
  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. Dec 31, 2014
    10
    I have to admit, no matter what movie Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt star or produce, we will go see it. All of us who like their movies areI have to admit, no matter what movie Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt star or produce, we will go see it. All of us who like their movies are helping so many people in need because of Angelina's and Brad's causes. Who better to support? However so far, all of their movies are worth watching because they're inspirational and teach us lessons in humanity. As to "Unbroken," this gives us a hero. Most of us could not withstand what Louis went through. We would love it if there's a "Part Two." This would be about everything else Louis did that was not mentioned in the movie as strongly as his suffering was. That Louis misbehaved a lot, yet achieved redemption. That's another side of the same story. Movies need drama to make them interesting, so I know Angelina focused on what affects people, the drama. But we'd still like to see part 2 even if it doesn't have as much drama. It could almost be a comedy because Louis was quite a character. Expand
  3. May 23, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. You will basically know the result/ending of he movie from the title. Yet, Unbroken is still a powerful war-drama movie that touched me for days. The movie was a bit intense for a PG-13 movie. Expand
  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. Jan 22, 2015
    6
    I was expecting more from Unbroken, I guess its hard to have high expectations for a director with such little experience. Angelina Jolie isI was expecting more from Unbroken, I guess its hard to have high expectations for a director with such little experience. Angelina Jolie is directing her first big film with Unbroken. The movie had a lot of hype but it didn't impress me. The movie was too long and there were long periods of time where nothing exciting was happening. I didn't care much for the cast either. Jack O'Connell is still a young actor but I felt that his role needed a better performance. Takamasa Ishihara was very strong as the main antagonist in the film. He was certainly good at making me hate him. Overall this film could have been a lot better. Expand
  6. Dec 27, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Read the book, the movie doesn't do it justice.
    For a chronicle of a war, the movie skips over some of the book, and also highlights some rather small points (or gives the audience an appearance of a highlight).
    Anyway, it already seemed difficult to get through the book in one sitting (as there are three/four distinct parts), but a movie seemed to try and blend these parts together (namely the path to the Olympics and air combat). This seemed a bit forced, but I guess you have to make compromises when making a movie.
    In summary, worth a rent (if you like WWII / biography). I would see Interstellar (if its still in theaters) or the Hobbit if you looking to go to the theater. Sad really, I was looking forward to this movie, but left the theater disappointed.
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  7. May 25, 2015
    0
    This is a terrible movie. The plot is roughly divided in two parts: the first third of the story is about Zamperini surviving a plane crashThis is a terrible movie. The plot is roughly divided in two parts: the first third of the story is about Zamperini surviving a plane crash and the remaining two thirds are extremely repetitive scenes of him suffering at the end of a sadistic Japanese camp warden. Both parts seem to drag on forever, the part in the prison camp being particularly bad and nothing more than the same scene played differently time and again. In the end, the movie is in itself a torture inflicted to the viewer by an over hyped, mediocre director. Expand

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