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

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Niels Arestrup is striking as the hero's slumlord father.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 7, 2010
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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None of this would work without Duris' simmering performance as Tom, a person who's struggling to find his true calling.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2005
Noel Murray
AV Club
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From its plot to its look, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is designed to express how it feels to be torn between two opposing worlds and passions.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005

Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

August 27, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Audiard has a nice stride here, establishing Tom's world and then altering it with slow insistence.

| Original Score: B

August 19, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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

August 19, 2005
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Emotionally richer than Fingers, and there's nothing secondhand about Duris' performance.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2005
James Berardinelli
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This is character-driven film noir, where the violence serves a higher purpose than shocking or titillating an audience.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Duris' performance is more finely tuned and less frenetic than Keitel's enjoyably over-the-top job, and the film's emotional chords resonate in more satisfying and complicated ways.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

July 28, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's a tense, jumpy, sometimes amusing work that posits the inherent duality of everything. And, most definitely, the intriguing duality of people.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

July 28, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A French movie that reclaims some of the urgency and breathless enthusiasm of the movies we loved in the '70s.

| Original Score: B+

July 22, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The film confirms director Audiard as a master of visual mood, in this case one of barely expressed emotional panic.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 22, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 21, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The Beat That My Heart Skipped, in which Audiard has tightened the story while opening it up, works precisely where Fingers failed.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 15, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A French film that takes the hard-boiled poetics of American noir and squeezes them into an explosive, compacted knot of anguish and violence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Plays like a piece of mediocre music, gorgeously rendered.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 14, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Beat is shot elegantly, and it's entertaining throughout, though in the end one might well ask what does it all mean?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 8, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
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Jacques Audiard's The Beat That My Heart Skipped is a distinctly modern picture with its heart in the '70s: It has the nervous, kinetic energy, and the swaggering pioneer spirit, that marked '70s American filmmaking.

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July 7, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A blistering film you feel in the pit of your stomach, a jumpy, edgy piece of work that thrusts us into a personal maelstrom so tortured and intense, the emotions could be spread with a knife.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 1, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A mess of pretense, too hip and cool to concern itself with emotional logic or narrative cohesion.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

July 1, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This stylish, tightly coiled character study has notions of turning into a thriller but never quite does.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Superb remake [of James Toback's Fingers].

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 30, 2005
Eddie Cockrell
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A cocky French remake of James Toback's 1978 cult underworld character study Fingers that stands reasonably well on its own as an urgent, updated genre meditation on nurture vs. nature.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 30, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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If Audiard's film is less relentless and, ultimately, more hopeful than Toback's [Fingers], it is no less compelling a study of the attempt to harmonize seemingly dissonant forces -- tenderness and brutality, classicism and modernity, France and Vietnam.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 30, 2005
Gene Seymour
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Even if it weren't a fascinating thriller in its own right, The Beat That My Heart Skipped would deserve attention for being one of the few remakes that honors its source by paring down instead of adding on.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 30, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The Beat That My Heart Skipped lacks the screw-loose existential vibrance of Fingers, yet it teases out a romantic underside to the original I never quite knew was there.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

June 29, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Duris, capable and dull, is no Keitel, 2005 is no 1978, and The Beat That My Heart Skipped is no Fingers.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 28, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Has a jumpy and moody vitality.

June 27, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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Audiard could have made the romantic side of the movie more explicit, but reticence is part of his cool.

June 27, 2005
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