As of February 2015, "Unbroken" has received mixed reviews, and audiences tend to rate the movie higher than critics. On the Internet Movie Database, the movie has a 7.1 out of 10 rating from the web site's users.
Metacritic gives the movie a Metascore of 59 out of 100, based on critics' reviews of the film published in print or online. Metacritic's user score for the movie is 6.5 out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes gives "Unbroken" a 51 percent on its tomatometer, which is also based on critics' reviews. The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is 72 percent.
Critics and audiences tend to agree that the movie was well made, but felt formulaic at times. Philadelphia Inquirer writer David Hiltbrand noted the movie's slow pacing and a lack of character development. He also mentioned that the movie doesn't have any charismatic performances by the actors, which causes a lack of emotional connection.
"Unbroken" is based on the life of Louis Zamperin, a U.S. Olympian who fought in World War II. The American Film Institute and the National Board of Review both named "Unbroken" as one of the top 10 films of the year. It also received four nominations for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.