(2013)

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75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Wahlberg does what Wahlberg does, bringing muscular conviction to his troubled, tough-guy role. The city may be broken, but the movie star's formula is working fine.
75
It's pretty trashy and sometimes stupid. But there was never a moment when I wasn't entertained on one level or another.
67
The truth is that we're way past being outraged by these sorts of Crimes of the One Percent, not because they don't happen, but because the real version is so much more interesting.
63
For an hour or so, aided by the autumnal glow of Ben Seresin's cinematography, director Hughes maintains a firm handle on the story's turnabouts. Then the script goes a little nuts with coincidence and improbability.
60
As an investigation into American municipal corruption, Broken City is, well, damaged. But as an opportunity for hard-boiled types to trade threats, blows and caustic banter, this modern-day noir works reasonably well.
50
It's never boring, but it lacks a cumulative impact.
50
It tries to be a moody thriller, but cliched dialogue and too many coincidences make for a predictable and hackneyed film.
50
Would have made for a fine film noir 60 years ago but feels rather contrived and unbelievable in the setting of contemporary New York.
40
Nothing clicks, nothing resonates, everything's broken.
40
There is no urgency, and little honesty, to the convoluted goings-on unfolding here.
38
Another January dud. Broken City drops hot-shot actors in a quicksand of clichés and watches them sink.
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.

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