Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) Reviews

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
November 12, 2013
To fully appreciate the pleasures of Pascal Chaumeil's debut feature, Heartbreaker, it helps to know-and love-Dirty Dancing.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 19, 2013
Like "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days," only funnier, fresher. And French.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rebecca Barry
May 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 10, 2011
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.
Craig Mathieson
December 23, 2010
In being farcical instead of cute, Heartbreaker reveals itself as a welcome treat. It leaves you knowingly happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
December 20, 2010
A romantic comedy that is charming and light as a souffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 15, 2010
A funny and utterly charming romantic comedy
Marcy Dermansky
November 21, 2010
"Unapologetically silly."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 29, 2010
It ain't all "Breathless" and "Jules and Jim" in Paris, apparently; they can churn out glossy, formulaic entertainment like "Heartbreaker," too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 27, 2010
Manages to be such a pleasant little soufflé of a movie that it's hard not to like it on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 22, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 8, 2010
What "Heartbreaker" lacks in suspense it makes up for in charm, especially when Duris and Paradis start re-enacting numbers from "Dirty Dancing."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 3, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2010
It sparkles like champagne. It's not the good stuff, but it'll do the trick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 24, 2010
If Heartbreaker were made in America, it would probably star Dane Cook and suck. But, instead, it's French and delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
September 23, 2010
Romantic comedies are generally not my cup of tea but this French film goes down a little easier mainly because lead actor Roman Duris is so much fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2010
Chaumeil's comedy cum scenery -- mainly Monte Carlo -- gives the mercurial Romain Duris a chance to show his chops as an homme fatal.
Matt Pais
September 16, 2010
Skips along with a funny, stylish flair that only adds to a brisk yet breezy romanticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
September 11, 2010
A lighthearted sitcom with enough slapstick and sheer silliness to generate laughs galore for the duration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 10, 2010
A refreshing, pleasantly diverting romantic comedy that offers plenty of laughs, escapism and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.496/10
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