Absent of nihilism, this nonetheless is a love triangle film with all the darkness and pain and love and longing that goes into these complex, adult relationships.
| Original Score: A-
Arguably, the dogma movement has found its most accomplished expression to date in Open hearts.
Reminds me of the best of Bergman's chamber dramas. Nerves are exposed, hearts opened and emotions bared, all under Bier's X-ray cameras.
Unusual and provocative, Open Hearts is a genuine romantic drama written and delivered with heart-wrenching honesty.
A small-scale domestic drama with large-scale feeling.
| Original Score: B+
One instance where Dogme's subtraction of extraneous elements turns out to be a plus.
| Original Score: 3/4
Has the wherewithal to follow through on its dramatic dalliances, no matter how gloomy the prospect.
| Original Score: 4/5
Open Hearts is far from inaccessible, but it demands a higher level of concentration than most big-budget movies do. The drama exists in a glance or a nod, or in a slight hesitation in speech.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Susanne Bier and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen draw attention away from the famous Dogme gimmick... and pull us into a surprisingly powerful emotional snafu.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
What Open Hearts does best is capture the raw, frank essence of hurt.
There is no doubting the heart-rending impact of the story. But because it is made clear from the start that there is no chance of an uplifting ending, viewers may grow restless.
| Original Score: 2/4
the ardent, unguarded performances that drive Open Hearts...have a resonant accumulative tone of authentic poignancy that drowns out the picture's shortcomings.
Simply deliciously top-heavy with pain, bitterness, release, and fervor --- and pregnant with unabashed authenticity.
Open Hearts' four lead characters (subtly, wonderfully played) shatter, then piece themselves back together before our eyes.
Acutely observed and beautifully written.
It is as emotionally raw and wrenching as life itself.
Open Hearts is a heart-wrenching soap opera that even The Young and the Restless can't compete with.
The synopsis sounds melodramatic (which it is), but it's also funny, sweet, and surprisingly engaging.
It crackles with chemistry that feels both spontaneous and carefully layered, and, like the best Dogma entries, it takes a potentially sudsy premise and lays it bare until all that's left is the humanity.