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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

2 stars

First, I have to say that I had no interest in this film, but someone bought me the DVD and, at last, I decided to give it a go. Even though this story is loyally based on true events, I constantly had the impression A Mighty Heart brought nothing new to the screen. Most of the film is an awful mess, with a clumsy direction and a very normal screenplay. Angelina Jolie handled well her French accent, but her performance was not that exceptional. The emotional aspect of the movie is not enough exploited and when it is, I just wanted to shut off the TV. Really, I didn't like this movie and I knew I wouldn't. I know it's an important movie and we all should watch it. I'm glad I finally did, but it still didn't impress me a bit.

- emilebond007, Wednesday, August 12, 2009

3 stars

What a touching story and Angelina does a great job portraying Mariane Pearl.

- LWOODS04, Sunday, July 26, 2009

4 stars

Michael Winterbottom is one of today's most underrated filmmakers, and this film is a work of extraordinary power. Angelina Jolie gives her best performance to date.

- MovieGeek13, Thursday, March 19, 2009