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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: 34 out of 48
  2. Negative: 6 out of 48
  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 13, 2015
    10
    An eye opening and captivating movie, Unbroken is a true story that really makes you think about human race on a deeper level, check it out iAn eye opening and captivating movie, Unbroken is a true story that really makes you think about human race on a deeper level, check it out i personal really enjoyed it and i know you will too. Expand
  3. Jan 7, 2015
    9
    It is Extraordinary! Angelina Jolie is taking the world by the storm with this directorial effort; Unbroken indeed has that ClintIt is Extraordinary! Angelina Jolie is taking the world by the storm with this directorial effort; Unbroken indeed has that Clint Eastwood-Steven Spielberg sense of direction, clearly Angie has been taking notes. Expand
  4. Jan 14, 2015
    6
    A moving and (in the end) very uplifting story; however, for the length of the movie it missed a lot of the book and more good points of theA moving and (in the end) very uplifting story; however, for the length of the movie it missed a lot of the book and more good points of the driving message. Everything about the film was powerful and great, but being adapted from a book with a much bigger story and message I think the film should had included more especially for it's long run time. Defiantly worth the watch but readers of the book will be left disappointed knowing the film only brushes on the Olympic section then moves full focus to being stranded in the ocean followed by life in a POW camp. Expand
  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. 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. 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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