Heartbeats Reviews

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 15, 2011
Spends 100 minutes dispensing painful examples of how infatuation turns people into idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 7, 2011
There are moments of heartbreaking beauty in it - although Dolan is still a work in progress. He'll get better - he's immensely talented - but he's not quite there yet.
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
April 2, 2011
Director Dolan focuses on the fetishes of fashion
Lisa Nesselson
sbs.com.au
April 1, 2011
Mature viewers may grow weary of so much posing but Dolan's take on modern romance and the wear and tear on friendship seems tailor-made for viewers under 25.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 1, 2011
The vibe of the French-Canadian "Heartbeats" is better conveyed by its original title, which needs no translation: "Les Amours Imaginaires."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 31, 2011
It's nearly impossible to believe that so young a filmmaker should be so fully formed and have such an arsenal of gifts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2011
Not too deep but oh so pretty, "Heartbeats" presents a hyper-stylized look at a love triangle, a sort of "Jules and Jim" for millennials.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)
March 30, 2011
While light on plot, this beautifully crafted film captures the emotional plight of its three young protagonists with insight and immediacy.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 24, 2011
Alas, although Heartbeats is quite lovely to look at, there isn't much going on after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2011
"Heartbeats" charts its own course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 17, 2011
A pretty decent film in its own right, and a remarkably good one if you consider the filmmaker turns 22 this month.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 11, 2011
A French-Canadian "Jules and Jim," the lamely retitled "Heartbeats" ("Les Amours Imaginaires") is an impressive second feature from 21-year-old Canadian wonderboy Xavier Dolan.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 10, 2011
All the dramatic protraction gets at both a heaviness of romantic desire and emotional viscosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 10, 2011
A palate cleanser of a movie: unfrenetic, reflective, even melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2011
Dolan is proving to be adept at and unafraid of teasing out the flaws of his characters, seemingly more concerned with whether they are interesting than whether an audience will like them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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March 1, 2011
It's a bright, slight romp that seems to want to zero in on the pain and trauma of romantic obsession. If the filmmaker weren't having such fun mocking characters who fall hard while pretending not to, it might just be able to achieve that.
Full Review | Original Score: 7
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
February 28, 2011
Dolan may not have quite developed his own voice yet, but he certainly knows how to crib from the best and the film features a dazzling array of style that's bold and truly communicates the film's adolescent emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.6/10
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
February 26, 2011
Remember the name Xavier Dolan. You're going to be hearing it a lot in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 26, 2011
The triangulations of their desire are amusing but Dolan, as a director, is all attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
February 25, 2011
There's a lot that works in Heartbeats -- so much that its flaws stand out in disappointingly sharp relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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