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Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 23

While definitely on the fluffier side of French comedy, Heartbreaker benefits from never taking itself too seriously -- and from the performance of the ever-charming Romain Duris.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

While definitely on the fluffier side of French comedy, Heartbreaker benefits from never taking itself too seriously -- and from the performance of the ever-charming Romain Duris.



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HEARTBREAKER is an action-packed romantic comedy pairing two of France's biggest young stars: Romain Duris (THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED, PARIS) and actress/singer Vanessa Paradis (GIRL ON THE BRIDGE). A smash hit in France, the film was also featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. Charming, funny and effortlessly cool, Alex (Duris) is a professional heartbreaker who for a fee can turn any husband, fiance or boyfriend into an ex. Alex has one ironclad rule: He only breaks up couples where the

Jan 11, 2011


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It sparkles like champagne. It's not the good stuff, but it'll do the trick.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It has neither a cynic's conviction nor idealist's perseverance, and its ideas about what a woman wants seem cribbed from bad paperback fiction.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Chaumeil's comedy cum scenery -- mainly Monte Carlo -- gives the mercurial Romain Duris a chance to show his chops as an homme fatal.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Alas, it turns out to be just as bad as any routine French romantic comedy -- illogical, inconsistent and sloppily written, a charmless, tasteless, witless waste of time.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The travelogue component of Heartbreaker is its best selling point.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Yes, Heartbreaker is diverting, intermittently charming and occasionally funny, but it is also a jumble of jammed-together notions.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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To fully appreciate the pleasures of Pascal Chaumeil's debut feature, Heartbreaker, it helps to know-and love-Dirty Dancing.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Like "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days," only funnier, fresher. And French.

January 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

This is fun, frothy screwball stuff that won't demand much more cerebral participation than reading the subtitles. But, like Duris, it should charm your pants off.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source:

A romantic comedy with a decidedly French twist ... There's bound to be a Hollywood remake, but you can be sure it won't have anything like the same élan.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

In being farcical instead of cute, Heartbreaker reveals itself as a welcome treat. It leaves you knowingly happy.

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source:

While it opens with a promising start, this quickly becomes a vacuous and formulaic romantic comedy.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A romantic comedy that is charming and light as a souffle.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A light and fluffy internationalised French rom-com, stripped of any quirkiness and with little heat generated between Vanessa Paradis and Roman Duris as romantic leads.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Screenwize

At its core, the film fails to convince us

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A funny and utterly charming romantic comedy

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Heartbreaker really isn't terrible - there are a few moments of manic slapstick and the actors are charismatic even when their characters are boorish. But it's a movie for people who think movies are about wasting time.

November 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

"Unapologetically silly."

November 21, 2010 Full Review Source:

Heartbreaker is a French attempt at an American romantic comedy. At this endeavor it is a total success - in the sense that it's as trite and contrived as most of our romcoms.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

It ain't all "Breathless" and "Jules and Jim" in Paris, apparently; they can churn out glossy, formulaic entertainment like "Heartbreaker," too.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Manages to be such a pleasant little soufflé of a movie that it's hard not to like it on its own terms.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hollywood should sit up and take notice of how to revitalize the romantic comedy with the fresh and original spin from director Pascal Chaumeil in his feature film debut.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

"Heartbreaker" has some amusing moments and gorgeous settings (the Riviera), but it never achieves the smooth slickness director Pascal Chaumeil aims for.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

What "Heartbreaker" lacks in suspense it makes up for in charm, especially when Duris and Paradis start re-enacting numbers from "Dirty Dancing."

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Pascal Chaumeil's debut rom-com gets by with a little help from Romain Duris and the enduring beauty of Vanessa Paradis. He may not be so lucky next time.

October 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Romain Duris (Paris) is ridiculously engaging... If only the film had trusted in its own premise, instead of succumbing to the blandness of the conventional.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur)

Nice French rom com. Story was unusual, and the two leads had chemistry. Better than some American ones I have watched recently!
May 20, 2013

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Pursued by creditors and helped by his married sister, a man is hired to break up a happy woman's wedding.
Stuck between screwball comedy that allows Alex to emerge unscathed from a high-speed collision with a car and honest romance that features Alex and Juliette staring longingly into the sunset, Heartbreaker is a mixed bag that is charming and funny when it's good and insufferably sophomoric when it's bad. Its understanding of relationships seems drawn from Cosmo articles as the film expects us to be that a few faked tears will destroy a relationship, but the stars, Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis, are able to make badly written scenes plausible.
Overall, I liked Heartbreaker in spite of itself.
January 13, 2013
Jim Hunter

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Directed by Pascal Chaumeil, Quad Productions, 2010. Starring Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier and Andrew Lincoln.

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Question: Ladies, this question goes out to you. What could a guy do that would make you fall in love with him? I know a hard question to answer. I have my thoughts but I am going to keep those to myself. However, I just watched a film called Heartbreaker (I know the title doesn't evoke much confidence in finding true love) and found that sometimes it's what we do that makes the guy fall in love with us first. When that happens, we allow the thought to be possible and then all bets are off. We fall and we fall hard!

Heartbreaker is a French film (L'arnacoeur). I know, not my typical movie genre, but I might have mentioned I am expanding my movie tastes. Plus, I am finding it easier to read subtitles and still see and enjoy the movie. There weren't any movies available at the time at the theatre yesterday that I wanted to see. I waited until the evening to check my Netflix Instant Play queue. Heartbreaker was on my list. It was recommended to me after I posted my last foreign film - Sarah's Key (a French film) so it was on my queue. I watched the preview - yes, I did - and I was intrigued. I remembered it was a comedy (and a romance) and I could really use a comedy these days so I hit PLAY.

So, here's the gist: Alex Lippi (played by Romain Duris) is a break-up artist. People hire him to find the doubt that is already there within a woman so she will break-up with her (usually deadbeat) boyfriend. His job is not to start dating or have them fall in love with him - just make them realize they are with the wrong person. The opening scene(s) showed dozens of women kissing this guy (break-up artist) who just happens to cry in front of them and tell them that they made him feel alive again. Voila! Break-up.

The rest of the film shows Alex and his team hired to break-up a relationship only 10 days before the wedding. Usually that is not enough time but they accept the challenge. Ok - no more details - you have to see it for yourselves. I will say once this part of the movie started I really enjoyed it. As I was watching this film (and reading) I discovered that I was smiling through a lot of it. Sometimes I was even giggling or doing whatever odd facial and hand movements I do when I can't believe I saw what I just saw. You know what I mean, right? Well, if not - just trust me there are some funny parts to Heartbreaker.

So, let's discuss the main actors: Romain Duris. This was my first movie of his but I have feeling it won't be my last. His performance was intriguing to say the least. Although I did not find him all that attractive he had a certain charm and sex-appeal. My focus sharpened whenever he was on screen - which was for the majority of this movie. When there were moments of tender thoughts I felt what he felt. There are only of few of those but he sucked me right in. On the flip-side - his comedic act was a treat to watch as well. Plus, there is one scene that I think those ladies who grew up in the 80's will enjoy - yes, I was one of them.

Juliette Van Der Becq (played by Vanessa Paradis) was the woman he was hired to show her the error of her ways. Some of you might recognize her; she is Johnny Depp's girlfriend. As with Romain Duris, this was my first time seeing her act as well. I may sound a little biased or heavy-handed here but I found her performance to be a bit on the weak side as compared to Romain Duris. She is supposed to be playing this damaged (although we don't know why she is damaged for most of the story), beautiful, wealthy women who is marrying what appears to be the perfect man. So, what's the problem? I know now but it took a while to get there.

So all-in-all I liked Heartbreaker. My first French comedy but I have feeling it won't be my last.

My favorite thing: The dance - I won't describe what that means but I loved it!

My least favorite thing: That I was jealous that it was filmed in Monaco..I so want to see that city.

Rating: Couldn't find a consistent rating but there is cursing and a little nudity.
Length: 105 Minutes

Rating: 7 out of 10
May 30, 2012
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This was a fun movie, with a unique premise..which led to enjoyable (if at times predictable) story lines. The acting was very good. A little slapstick at times. Really good soundtrack, too. Just an all round nice chick flick.
March 7, 2011

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    1. Alex: And to attain our goal.....anything goes.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Alex: I break up couples for a living.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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