A Mighty Heart 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… A Mighty Heart 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…
DVD Review

A Mighty Heart (2007)

HEART BREAKER Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl, wife of murdered reporter Daniel Pearl, dominates Michael Winterbottom's film
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HEART BREAKER Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl, wife of murdered reporter Daniel Pearl, dominates Michael Winterbottom's film
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 16, 2007; DVD Release Date: Oct 16, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, War; With: Angelina Jolie; Distributor: Paramount Vantage

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-

Originally posted Oct 12, 2007 Published in issue #959-960 Oct 19, 2007 Order article reprints