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Lonely Hearts (2006)


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: Several genres and plotlines intertwine in Lonely Hearts but don't connect, creating an uneven and unsatisfying film.

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: Several genres and plotlines intertwine in Lonely Hearts but don't connect, creating an uneven and unsatisfying film.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 9,701



Movie Info

"Lonely Hearts" retells the real life murder spree of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez and its connection to the tragic story of Detective Elmer C. Robinson, who helped capture the killers, but lost his wife in the process. Robinson was a Nassau County detective, whose work was everything to him, to the exclusion of his family during the 1940s and 50s. As he worked long hours on this infamous case, his wife began a downward spiral which ultimately would take her life.

R (for strong violence and sexual content, nudity and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Todd Robinson
In Theaters:
Jul 31, 2007
Box Office:
Samuel Goldwyn/Roadside - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Lonely Hearts

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (22) | DVD (9)

There is some strong work here, but too many misfires.

April 23, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The story of Fernandez and Beck may be grotesque comedy, but Todd Robinson tells it straight, without flinching from its piteousness, horror, or banality.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
New Yorker
Top Critic

Where's James Ellroy when you need him?

Full Review… | April 14, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

When Hayek and Leto are onscreen, you do not look away.

April 13, 2007
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's with the focus on the police, though, that the script fails to truly connect.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A rather plodding movie.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

This is the version that's easily forgettable.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Leto's layered performance as the nattily dressing dandy with no remorse is truly impressive.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Un buen ejemplo de cine negro, género fuera de moda que aún conserva su encanto.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Uruguay Total

Noir-ish murder tale is far too dark for kids.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Common Sense Media

A good, not great, movie that benefits from nice period detail and some strong performances (especially Hayek and Leto), even if the real-life Beck was a heavyset, homely mess not anywhere near as attractive as Hayek.

Full Review… | August 1, 2007

Except for the fact that innocent lives are lost here, it would be easy to walk away from Lonely Hearts saying "so what?".

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Apollo Guide

Hayek's alluring temptress persona reinvents Beck's obese nag as a sexed up femme fatale, in an exceedingly odd way trumping Leto's wimpy, henpecked unconvincing womanizer.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Long Island Press

A consistently entertaining and occasionally gut-wrenching tale that deserves at least some measure of notice.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
IGN Movies

The only juice in Lonely Hearts comes from the thousands of volts shooting through the electric chair in which Martha and Ray are executed in back-to-back scenes that are disturbingly detailed and drawn out.

Full Review… | April 21, 2007
Boxoffice Magazine

Most astute is Leto's impeccable representation of an amoral snake of a man with the looks and sociopathology to fulfill the requirements of his abject trade.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Cinema Signals

Hayek is a standard-issue femme fatale, damaged on the inside but flawless on the surface.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Their amorality isn't presented in a conventional manner; it's depicted in an unremarkable, matter-of-fact style that makes it all the more realistic -- and all the more unsettling.

April 13, 2007

While writer-director Robinson may have known and loved a key character, he hasn't really figured out a good way to bring his story to life.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for Lonely Hearts

Surprisingly good little crime thriller. The setting is a very realistic recreation of the late fourties. Salma is gorgeous, and magniciently evil. The rest of the cast is really good across the board...even Travolta. I really wasn't expecting too much from this movie, but I was really amazed at the quality. Some rather intense brutality scenes, also.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


this was a phenomenal film. total sleeper because i hadnt heard anything about it, i just rented it based on the cast, and it was better than expected. much better. one of the best films of this year so far, the entire cast really delivered. the film was written well and i loved gandolfini's narrative. salma heyak was top notch and the film was engaging but incredibly haunting and sad at the same time. worth a watch.

danny d

Super Reviewer


A decent crime drama based on a true story of a murdering couple in the 1940's and 50's. It has an exceptional cast, but wonders between crime drama and the sub stories a bit too much. A slow paced film without a lot of action. ok but could have been a lot better.

Dean !

Super Reviewer



Jared Leto loses his boyish looks in this film as he transforms himself into an older man and teams up with Salma Hayek to become lovers on a rampage in a Bonnie & Clyde fashion.

Worth watching, but don?t make it a high priority.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Lonely Hearts Quotes

Elmer C. "Buster" Robinson:
He's restless. Wants his life back. He's gonna try and dump her and when he does. Hell is coming home for Christmas.
– Submitted by Brian C (2 years ago)
Martha Beck:
The bitch won't die!
– Submitted by Sylvester K (2 years ago)

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