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On Jan. 23, 2002, Mariane Pearl's world changed forever. Her husband Daniel, South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid. The story drew th... read more read more...em to Karachi where a go-between had promised access to an elusive source. As Danny left for the meeting, he told Mariane he might be late for dinner. He never returned. In the face of death, Danny's spirit of defiance and his unflinching belief in the power of journalism led Mariane to write about his disappearance, the intense effort to find him and his eventual murder in her memoir "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl." Six months pregnant when the ordeal began, she was carrying a son that Danny hoped to name Adam. She wrote the book to introduce Adam to the father he would never meet. Transcending religion, race and nationality, Mariane's courageous desire to rise above the bitterness and hatred that continues to plague this post 9/11 world, serves as the purest expression of the joy of life she and Danny shared.

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DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007

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  • September 25, 2011
    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 paci... read moreng 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.
  • September 24, 2011
    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 adapt... read moreation of a difficult-to-understand true story that was helped along by decent performances from a group of relative unknowns. Worth seeing once.
  • February 1, 2011
    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). Ev... read moreen though we all know how things turn out, the movie is gripping early on and is worth seeing ~!
  • December 3, 2010
    A Mighty Heart is a story worthy of telling and it has a message worthy of spreading. Michael Winterbottom was a good choice then as his style works well here and he's not exactly known for shying away from the subject matter. This should have been a brilliant film but it's not, ... read moreit's just ok. Why? Angelina Jolie. Her very presents hinders the production. It's no secret that she played a big part in getting the film made (and guess who co-produced) but it just distracts from the story. No doubt she had the best of intentions but I can't help but think there is a little bit of ego involved. This is a true story full of heart-wrenching emotion, suspense & political intrigue. It should have evoked emotion and interest but it didn't, it just smiled sweetly at the Academy award panel and said 'Look, Angelina curled her hair, kept her boobs in, put on a French accent and didn't wave a gun around. She even cried once! Award please'. Luckily they didn't take the bait but a few others did. To say that this is her best performance to date doesn't say much about her acting. A real missed opportunity. On the plus side the supporting cast are very good and It looks great, I am still a little disappointed with Winterbottom though.
  • August 12, 2009
    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 t... read morehe 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.
  • March 19, 2009
    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.
  • March 2, 2009
    This movie was filmed as if you were a fly on the wall. Scenes take place amidst chaos, as if there were no focus to the script - and that's what makes it compelling - you feel as if it were real and not some hollywood contrivance - but of course that is also the film's main det... read moreraction. too many scenes where you're wondering "who's that guy?", or "why is this guy in this place".

    Jolie is stoic for the most part, which makes her gutteral breakdown all the more effective. The shrieks and sobs and wails seem so real that I almost felt embarassed to be a witness to it (it should have been private).

    The film does an admirable job of conveying the claustrophobia and chaotic maismos of a major Pakistani city, as well as the almost desperation of the Pakistani police and intelligence who take it as a personal affront against them and an insult against the Pakistani people that an American journalist would be abducted on their watch. I was saddened by THEIR mighty heart, as they knew that public opinion on their entire race and culture was going to take another hit.

    In the end, it was their pride that hit home more than anything else. As this is a docudrama, too much film was spent on minor charactors who really had nothing to contribute (the Wall Street Journal editors who ended up in Pakistan, for example). In all, the narrative could have been tighter and the time could have been better spent making the links of the investigation a bit more clear - it seemed like all the charactors knew exactly what was going on and who was linked to who - but a bit more clarity would have certainly helped.
  • August 3, 2008
    For a movie entitled A Mighty Heart, I didn't see much heart in Angelina's performance. She was dead-eyed the entire time and the only touch of humanness I saw was after storming outside, distraught, she sees the child and quickly composes herself and says, "Very silly." ... read more The final breakdown was poorly done. I can understand screaming "NO!" over and over again in guttural agony, but perhaps it was the fault of the cinematography for not capturing Angelina's face, but then also her own fault for not acting with her back.
  • March 5, 2008
    A moving documentary-style movie with a remarkable performance from Jolie
  • March 1, 2008
    This tragic true story film is a heartbreaking, extremely powerful, and oddly inspiring film that reflects the strength and hope that people gain in the most difficult solution. Angelina Jolie makes an excellent performance as a real-life journalist Mariane Pearl in her own emoti... read moreonal for the concerns of her husband's kidnapped.

Critic Reviews

Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello,

Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest. Full Review

Claudia Puig
September 1, 2007
Claudia Puig, USA Today

Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality. Full Review

Calvin Wilson
June 23, 2007
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Winterbottom's gritty sensibility and feel for geopolitical realities is perfect for the film. There's no room for Hollywood gloss - and no need for it. Full Review

Chris Vognar
June 23, 2007
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

He [Winterbottom] approaches his subjects as very, very real, not just fodder for topical films. Full Review

Bill Muller
June 23, 2007
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

The only drama comes in the waiting, which eventually becomes tiresome. Full Review

Peter Howell
June 22, 2007
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Honesty and courage are the main virtues of A Mighty Heart, which strives to shed light on dark times. Central to it is Jolie's laudable performance. Full Review

Richard Schickel
June 22, 2007
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine

This movie does not fully separate itself from our admittedly low -- even slightly shameful -- expectations, does not become the pure documentary it might perhaps better have been. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
June 22, 2007
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Though it's difficult to watch, the film is nonetheless inspiring: a portrait of strength and character, through unimaginable difficulty, responding not with hatred but with hope. Full Review

Bruce Newman
June 22, 2007
Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News

Shooting in what often appears to be available light, and with a handheld camera that he has tamed sufficiently to prevent motion sickness, Winterbottom keeps the picture moving along like a thriller. Full Review

Ruthe Stein
June 22, 2007
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

Much of A Mighty Heart plays like a documentary. It feels truthful instead of puffed up to be more commercial. Full Review

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