Peter Mountain
Jeff Labrecque
October 15, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Mighty Heart

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/22/07
performer
Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irfan Khan
director
Michael Winterbottom
distributor
Paramount Vantage
author
Laurence Coriat, Michael Winterbottom
genre
War, Drama

We gave it a B-

The 2002 kidnapping and execution of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl shocked the world. Michael Winterbottom’s dramatization, A Mighty Heart, mercifully averts our eyes from Pearl’s grisly fate, but the decision to emphasize Pearl’s pregnant wife Mariane’s stoic vigil proves overly cautious. EXTRAS Heart could have benefited from the simmering tensions between Mariane and WSJ staff described in a making-of. Instead, the underwritten supporting cast seems resigned to reflect on Angelina Jolie’s performance, which she calls ”the most important thing I’ve done on film.” B-

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