• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Asia Argento
  • In Theaters:    Oct 8, 2004 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jun 6, 2006
  • Palm Pictures

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
November 9, 2008

Marks [Asia Argento] as a far more adventurous and even risk-addicted filmmaker than her famous father Dario.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine
September 6, 2006

[The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things] has a deceptively desultory structure where no moral system or 'new daddy' seems to hold much water upon introduction, but each accumulates ideas which make an atavistic reappearance at the most inopportune of tim

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
June 12, 2006

The subject matter might be quite disturbing to some, but for those who don't mind a little child-rape with their crack-smoking, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things is well worth a look.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 25, 2006

To appreciate or even tolerate the film, you must separate yourself from the characters and the material. What's unfortunate is that the movie is too well made to let you do just that.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
April 13, 2006

Reeks of a project desperate for edgy credibility.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
Top Critic
April 7, 2006

Argento's film is arguably exploitative, but its real-life horrors are effectively authentic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 6, 2006

... shapeless, excessively lurid and often unpleasant, with Argento shamelessly vamping the white-trash junkie mother and truck-stop hooker.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 3, 2006

JT LeRoy may be a scam, but Argento's scalding treatment of adults behaving badly is as real as cold French fries in a West Virginia truck stop.

| Original Score: 7/10

Empire Magazine
March 25, 2006

Trying a bit too hard to be a modern cult classic, but it's clear that Argento's heart is in the right place.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
March 24, 2006

Now the fabricated story of a boyhood that included abandonment, rape and near constant fear and humiliation is a movie. The result is unwatchable.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 24, 2006

I don't know if the movie follows the book closely, but if it does, you kind of have to wonder how Leroy or Albert or whoever it was made such a splash in the first place.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
March 24, 2006

Vile beyond redemption.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 23, 2006

[H]as a sucker-punch power more potent that what most movies specifically designed as 'horror' can muster...

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 23, 2006

[Argento's] fast-moving, devil-may-care filmmaking keeps The Heart Is Deceitful dangling just above its relentlessly harrowing subject matter.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 23, 2006

The story conveys so much emotion that I found myself wanting to yell at the screen, "Leave that boy alone!"

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 20, 2006

Argento has made a ferocious film including her own committed performance, but like her character, she loses control in the final goings.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
March 18, 2006

There is no redemption, no surcease, and as the film ends the barbarity continues. This film made me intensely uncomfortable, but that was its intention.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
March 18, 2006

It's a taxing bit of exploitation, which, although you're glad to know it's a work of fiction, doesn't exactly make a case for itself as art.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
March 18, 2006

At best, this film raises an all-too-relevant question: Are true-life stories interesting because they're true? Or because they're interesting? At worst, it raises a different question: What if they're neither true nor interesting?

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
March 11, 2006

The film is as captivating as it is perverse.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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