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The Broken Circle Breakdown

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Felix van Groeningen

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About the Movie

A tattoo artist and a musician fall in love at first sight in this intensely romantic portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, set to an electrifying bluegrass score.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 95
  • Fresh: 78
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Breakdown's less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines. – Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, Jan 24, 2014

Rotten: Breakdown gets the music right and has the benefit of strong acting, but its unapologetically melodramatic plot has a tendency to throw everything at you but the kitchen sink. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 24, 2014

Fresh: Invigorating musical elements and the lead actors' potent chemistry can't entirely protect this tragic relationship drama from its encroaching shortage of subtlety. – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 24, 2014

Fresh: Some moments of the movie might leave viewers feeling bereft or gut-punched, but the sublime sounds (along with the sweet and silly scenes of the pair falling in love) provide respites from the sorrow. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Nov 14, 2013

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Customer Reviews

No english subtitles, but I still loved it!!

I watched this completely clueless of what was being said, but I couldn't stop watching the actors. I enjoyed the music and emotion and could gather what the story was, I even cried a couple of times. I loved the music even more 5 stars : )

Powerful with amazing music

It’s the Belgian “Once,” but way more emotionally powerful. The music works so amazingly well and it’s all performed authentically by the cast. The disjointed chronology undermines the effectiveness of the story telling. No plot point comes as a shock because they are all foretold. However, if the story telling was more effective, I probably would have fell into a month long depression after.

Biggest downer

If you want to be depressed , watch this movie. I dare ya. Music is great.

The Broken Circle Breakdown
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Foreign
  • Released: 2013

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