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A Mighty Heart

drama, thrillers

Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Powerful docudrama is for mature viewers.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this docudrama probably won't interest the majority of kids -- only the most mature teens will want to see the story of a woman's mission to save her kidnapped husband. But since Angelina Jolie is the star, and the story of Daniel Pearl's abduction and videotaped murder has been widely reported, some tweens/young teens might be curious. While the actual killing isn't shown, snippets of the preceding video are, as are photos of Danny in captivity and images of suspects being briefly tortured while interrogated. There's also a great deal of harsh language ("f--k," "s--t", etc.), almost all prompted by despair and anger at Danny's capture and death.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the significance of Daniel Pearl's kidnapping and murder. Why did it garner so much media attention? How do you feel about the fact that the media broadcast images of Pearl's beheading?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A movie that captures the frustration of not knowing, the unconsummated urge to comprehend.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 22, 2007


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rotten: The only drama comes in the waiting, which eventually becomes tiresome.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Saturday, June 23, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I really liked the fact that they kept it as real to life as possible and I believed that this had happened; although on a downside it made the film rather slow at times. Also I found it difficult to keep up with what was happening when there were several similar looking men pacing around and talking in a foreign language with no subtitles, it was difficult to figure out what was happening. Jolie gave a fantastic performance and I believed her as Mariane. It was heartbreaking to see her pain at finding out about her husbands execution. It did seem a bit strange however that she remained focused and in control of her emotions for the rest of the time after his death. I don't know if that was true of the real Mariane or not, but it is strange.

- StarCrossedVoyager, Sunday, September 25, 2011

3 stars

More thrilling - and much less weepy - than I expected, and a film in which Angelina Jolie carries out her role incredibly naturally, save for one scene, when the drama's at its highest, where she goes over the top. On the whole, A Mighty Heart was a surprise: an accessible adaptation of a difficult-to-understand true story that was helped along by decent performances from a group of relative unknowns. Worth seeing once.

- danperry17, Saturday, September 24, 2011

4 stars

This is the true story of the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl, American journalist in Pakistan after 9/11. His widow, Mariane (also a journalist), wrote her memoirs of the event and is convincingly played by Angelina Jolie,(who i believe gave an outstanding performance). Even though we all know how things turn out, the movie is gripping early on and is worth seeing !

- BEACHBUNNI, Tuesday, February 1, 2011