Lawless Heart Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 2, 2003
It's an ambitious attempt, but one which too often puts form ahead of story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John A. Nesbit
ToxicUniverse.com
May 27, 2003
Soap opera fans will recognize a kindred spirit here
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 19, 2003
Stale offering that confuses the concept of being droll with being dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 9, 2002
Would perhaps make a watchable pilot for a drama series. As a feature film, it's dull.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 17, 2003
It's frustrating because it is so well made and acted but can never find much of anything to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 2, 2003
It thins out until the repetitive format begins to seem, well, repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
June 5, 2003
The situations are forced; love blossoms way too easily; and the characters are downright daft.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2003
The characters are full-bodied and authentic, capable of surprising themselves, and their dialogue is written with a good ear for how smart people try to be truthful and secretive at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 15, 2003
The humor is hit-and-miss, and your laughter ratio will depend on your affinity for subtle, dry British wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 24, 2003
I loved this movie for its melancholy spirit and its beautiful attention to the details in life.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
April 28, 2003
A ruminative ensemble dramedy suffused with humanity -- probably the most unassumingly exact film so far of 2003, a movie whose robust sense of completeness slowly accrues over the course of its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 21, 2003
Hats off to Hunter and Hunsinger for their robust and rounded treatment of the emotional education of three vulnerable men who are not used to dealing with their deepest yearnings.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 27, 2003
As heartbreaking as grief itself and as unexpectedly lovely as that warm certainty that our beloved friends and family continue to inspire us even after they're gone.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 12, 2003
Writer/directors Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger (Boyfriends) have crafted a circular triptych which changes audience perceptions of people, places and things depending on whose point of view we see them from.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 20, 2003
Leaves you with the impression that it could go on and on, picking up loose threads and exploring stray implications. More remarkably, you find yourself wishing it would, because these absolutely ordinary people turn out to be infinitely interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 1, 2003
The storytelling structure is far more interesting than the story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2003
This low-key affair is graced with fine performances and a decidedly grown-up view of the world.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 4, 2003
What seems like a politely repressed British drama on first viewing becomes deeper, more eloquent, and more piercing the more it expands in your mind's eye. About three days after you see it, the movie pops into three-dimensional profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 1, 2003
It's dedicated to a fuller understanding of the human condition, a deeper appreciation of everything we take for granted in even the messiest melodramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 2, 2003
As it stands, Tim's story rescues the movie, but barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online
March 14, 2003
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 10, 2002
Julie Myerson
Daily Mail [UK]
January 6, 2004
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October 18, 2008
March 2, 2003
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
June 6, 2003
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 27, 2009

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June 30, 2002

Guardian
July 11, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 30, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 3, 2003
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Houston Chronicle
September 8, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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