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Broken City (2013)



Critic Consensus: Broken City's thinly sketched, formulaic script offers meager rewards for all but the least demanding noir aficionados.

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In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force and the mayor's worst nightmare. (c) Fox

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Mark Wahlberg
as Billy Taggart
Russell Crowe
as Mayor Nicolas Hostetler
Catherine Zeta-Jones
as Cathleen Hostetler
Jeffrey Wright
as Commissioner Carl Fairbanks
Barry Pepper
as Jack Valliant
Kyle Chandler
as Paul Andrews
Natalie Martinez
as Natalie Barrow
Alona Tal
as Katy Bradshaw
Griffin Dunne
as Sam Lancaster
James Ransone
as Todd Lancaster
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Critic Reviews for Broken City

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (46)

It's a local-government corruption thriller that doesn't care about logic or consistency or the people watching it.

January 6, 2014 | Full Review…

When it comes to long-form tales of political intrigue, television serials are fast encroaching on cinema's patch, and if this very ordinary thriller is the best Hollywood can do, it might as well cede the whole territory.

March 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

When a high-powered cast like this is gathered, you have the right to expect more than mundanity.

March 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's stolid, it's dogged, it knows where it's going. Back and forth around the same old scenery.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A thin plot is taken further than it wants to go.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Top cast, terrible script.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Broken City

Nothing special. Note to Russell...don't sign for a movie with Mark Wahlberg in it. It will bring you down...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Directed by one half of the Hughes Brothers, this is the story of one man's shot at redemption and revenge in the wake of corruption treachery. It had a lot of promise, but unfortunately doesn't have a lot to offer. It's like a really slick half baked take on Chinatown, but without the guts, intelligence, or skill. Don't get me wrong, there's some talented people involved here, but they just seem to be coasting along on auto pilot, and it shows. The film has a few good moments, but overall proves to be largely unremarkable and run of the mill. See it if you want, but you would probably be better off watching something else.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Ever since I saw the first trailer for this I've thought "man that looks like a damn good movie". "Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, this should be pretty good." Well, my expectations were way too high, and I should have stayed away from the trailer. This is one of those movies where if you've seen the theatrical trailer, then you pretty much know the entire movie, except maybe one or two little twists that aren't anything major. The basic premise is a cop(Wahlberg) gets off for murder and has to leave the force and become a Private Investigator. One day out of the blue the man who got him off, the mayor(Crowe), calls him up for a job. Find out who is sleeping with his wife(Catherine Zeta Jones). But things aren't always so simple, and from there this becomes a just OK political type thriller. All the actors do decent, not their best, but they do ok. But the story is kind of bland, and having seen the trailer, I was left with a feeling of "that's it?" This is an OK rental, at best, just keep expectations low and go in knowing as little as possible. But, even then it's still probably just an alright movie that hovers around average.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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