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Heleno (2012)

Heleno

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 201

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Movie Info

Gifted with incredible athletic talent, Brazilian-born Heleno de Freitas conquered the soccer world in the 1940s. As his fame and fortune grew to new heights, his passion for a decadent life of women and nightclubs threatened his career. Featuring an Awards-caliber performance by Rodrigo Santoro (300, What to Expect When You're Expecting), Heleno depicts the thrilling life of the world's first sports superstar. (c) Screen Media

Rating:
R (for sexuality, drug content and some language)
Genre:
Drama , Art House & International , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Fernando Castets , José Henrique Fonseca
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 4, 2013
Runtime:
Screen Media Ventures


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Critic Reviews for Heleno

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (7)

There's just so much one can care about this star athlete and his self-destructive journey.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What you get instead of soccer is almost two hours of late-stage syphilis.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Equal parts temper and tenderness, lust and incaution, "Heleno" is short on specifics but long on impression.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

José Henrique Fonseca's handsome black-and-white, impressionistic bio-drama goes very Raging Bull-ish, to tell a piece of the story of Heleno de Freitas, a Brazilian soccer star with matinee-idol charisma.

Full Review… | December 5, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

You're stuck daydreaming about a far, far better movie.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

From its flash-forward framing sequence to its glossy black and white images, the film emulates Raging Bull in nearly every particular, while failing to capture even a sliver of that tortured-soul sports-movie's insight or visceral power.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Time Out New York
Top Critic

The script rarely digs beneath the surface of its intriguing subject.

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
Cinemalogue.com

A shallow glimpse into the life of Heleno de Freitas that's anchored by breathtaking black-and-white cinematography and a bravura, raw performance by Rodrigo Santoro. It ultimately nourishes your heart more than your mind.

Full Review… | December 8, 2012
NYC Movie Guru

Heleno might have been stronger by better avoiding the clichés of its genre-yet there are still benefits to this stylish work.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Film Journal International

[C]uriously all but avoids the game -- except for a few opportunities for Heleno, a hothead with no self-control, to berate and abuse his teammates -- in favor of a lurid focus on his other public exploits.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Flick Filosopher

The film hints at a kicky, impressionistic style that director José Henrique Fonseca never effectively employs to actually communicate Heleno de Freitas's demons.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Slant Magazine

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