De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) Reviews

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Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 8, 2005
The film has a gritty, pounding heartbeat of its own.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 4, 2005
Holds up as an offbeat film by a talented filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 3, 2005
Audiard's jagged, vérité-like style and Duris's performance -- evoking not so much Harvey Keitel's in Toback's film as a combination of the Keitel and Robert De Niro characters in Mean Streets -- transcend the story's absurdities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
M.E. Russell
September 2, 2005
It would be hard to overstate just how electric Romain Duris is as Thomas.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
August 26, 2005
Enthralling character study.
August 26, 2005
It's a strange mix - classical music and classical gangster violence... Romain Duris does a bang-up job playing a very intense character with a soft side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 24, 2005
Succeeds as both a homage to its quirky model and as an engrossing film in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
August 23, 2005
They don't make 'em, never mind remake 'em, a whole lot better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 19, 2005
Audiard has a nice stride here, establishing Tom's world and then altering it with slow insistence.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 19, 2005
Audiard has wisely avoided the crime-movie clichés of Toback's Fingers, and if his film is not exactly naturalistic, it is steeped in a reality that makes it all the more compelling.
| Original Score: 3/4
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
August 10, 2005
Compared to Keitel, he's a fluttery lightweight, whether banging the ivories or his victims. His nature isn't divided. He's no hoodlum--not even Belmondo impersonating Bogart.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 5, 2005
There's plenty of material here, but co-screenwriter/director Jacques Audiard feels compelled to throw in a couple of go-nowhere subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 5, 2005
A tense noir character study, with Duris (in the Harvey Keitel role) coldly compelling as a man with a hellish day job and a heavenly musical gift.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 5, 2005
Easy to overlook, and will probably be easy to forget
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alan Dale
August 3, 2005
Whether the scenes add up to anything or not, however, Duris holds the screen like a natural.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 29, 2005
Audiard's baffling underworld etude seems entirely played in a minor key.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 29, 2005
Emotionally richer than Fingers, and there's nothing secondhand about Duris' performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
July 29, 2005
This is character-driven film noir, where the violence serves a higher purpose than shocking or titillating an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gianni Truzzi
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 28, 2005
Much more than a remake, Beat is an original vision that explores the inner conflict between a man's animal brutality and the passion to transcend.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 28, 2005
Director Jacques Audiard makes us feel exactly what his characters feel, and, for Thomas, that often has to do with how he responds to music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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