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Lonely Hearts (2006)

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48

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

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

47

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

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

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 9,676

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Movie Info

Todd Robinson's Lonely Hearts features John Travolta and James Gandolfini as Elmer C. Robinson and Charles Hildebrandt, a pair of homicide detectives who are on the trail of lovers on a crime spree. The evil duo of Ray Fernandez (Jared Leto) and Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) take advantage of elderly widows, stealing as much money as they can after gaining the victim's confidence, and then murdering their mark. Robinson becomes drawn into the case too deeply in order to help him confront his

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Todd Robinson

Jul 31, 2007

$0.1M

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

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Where's James Ellroy when you need him?

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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When Hayek and Leto are onscreen, you do not look away.

April 13, 2007
Rolling Stone
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It's with the focus on the police, though, that the script fails to truly connect.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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A rather plodding movie.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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This is the version that's easily forgettable.

July 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

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

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

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

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

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

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

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

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

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

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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
Reel.com

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.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
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.
November 30, 2011
itsjustme2004

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.
November 25, 2011
sanjurosamurai
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.
May 3, 2010
Deano78

Super Reviewer

LONELY HEARTS

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.
October 31, 2008
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (23 months ago)
    1. Martha Beck: The bitch won't die!
    – Submitted by Sylvester K (2 years ago)
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