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

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
It's a turgid, seemingly endless trudge through Gallic angst and ennui without one memorable performance, image, line of dialogue or note of music.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 8, 2005
Like any remake, it lurks in the shadow of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 28, 2005
Duris, capable and dull, is no Keitel, 2005 is no 1978, and The Beat That My Heart Skipped is no Fingers.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 1, 2005
Like most adaptations, Jacques Audiard's Parisian update of James Toback's brilliant 1978 Fingers will have fans of the original wishing it had been left alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 8, 2005
[Audiard's] hamhanded touch with the obviously symbolic plot elements results in a static accounting of polar personal themes...lacks spontaneity, authenticity, or suspense.
| Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
June 30, 2005
With this film Jacques Audiard proves that rotten movies aren't the sole province of Hollywood...107 minutes of pure tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 29, 2005
Audiard's baffling underworld etude seems entirely played in a minor key.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 1, 2005
A mess of pretense, too hip and cool to concern itself with emotional logic or narrative cohesion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 14, 2005
Plays like a piece of mediocre music, gorgeously rendered.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 21, 2005
The conceit of a strongarm hoodlum doubling as a concert pianist seemed really silly to me back in 1978, and it seems no less silly today.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 5, 2005
Easy to overlook, and will probably be easy to forget
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 18, 2005
Audiard's film is undeniably infused with a greater sense of realism, yet this stark and elemental drama seems underserved by prosaic realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dallas Morning News
August 27, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 14, 2005
The Beat That My Heart Skipped doesn't replace Fingers, but joins it as the portrait of a man reaching out desperately toward his dying ideals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
James Rocchi
Netflix
July 7, 2005
French remake of forgotten 1970s flick Fingers is a strong drama with great direction -- and an excellent lead performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 27, 2005
Has a jumpy and moody vitality.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
June 29, 2005
A gorgeous tale...that allows Romain Duris to fully bloom as one of France's finer young actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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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October 8, 2005

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