Lonely Hearts (2006)



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

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.

Rating: R (for strong violence and sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 31, 2007
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Elmer C. Robinson

as Charles Hildebrandt

as Ray Fernandez

as Martha Beck

as Det. Reilly

as Rene Fodie

as D.A. Hunt

as Eddie Robinson

as Det. Tooley

as Delphine Downing

as Janet Long

as Chief MacSwain

as Rainelle Downing

as Officer Chetnick

as Foreman

as Young Black Man

as Michigan Cop

as Bank Manager

as Warden Broady

as Michigan Cop

as Patty Forsythe

as Det. January

as Uniformed Cop

as Hotel Clerk

as Mrs. Clayman

as Mrs. Clayman's Son

as Marian Duff

as Postmaster

as Minister

as Teenage Girl

as Mrs. Paterson

as Fruit Stand Attendan...

as Rene's Father

as MacSwain's Secretary

as Mineola Female Dispa...

as Airplane Passenger

as Prison Matron

as Prison Matron

as Featured Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Lonely Hearts

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (17)

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
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

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 King

Super Reviewer

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