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The Heart of Me (2003)

tomatometer

50

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 30

This movie about passion and betrayal finds itself severely lacking in the former.

44

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 15

This movie about passion and betrayal finds itself severely lacking in the former.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 1,949

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Upper crust England before, during, and after WWII provides the backdrop for THE HEART OF ME, a richly emotional drama about the seductive -- and destructive -- nature of passion. A classic romantic triangle, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams as sisters Dinah and Madeleine, and Paul Bettany as Rickie, Madeleine's husband, who finds himself drawn to his darkly beautiful, bohemian sister-in-law. Torn between two women, one who always plays by the rules and one who always

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Art House & International, Drama

Lucinda Coxon

Feb 10, 2004

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O'Sullivan is not a director of great visual flamboyance, but he draws out here performances of subtle and complex shading.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A well-acted but bloodless drama.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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While far from the gold standard of The Remains of the Day, it presses all the appropriate buttons.

August 8, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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A little, heartbreaking gem.

August 1, 2003
Washington Post
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Terribly tragic, terribly romantic and, ultimately, terribly, terribly dull.

August 1, 2003
Washington Post
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The film is a soapy melodrama set from about 1936 to 1946 and done with style.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Percolates with neurotic insecurity, painful deceit, busted opportunity, and pervasive regret, but the movie never capsizes under its own weight.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Like its characters, takes far too long to show its heart.

August 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Three stars, for a trio of quality lead performances that survive the relentless card-shuffling of the plot -- and because Ricky Masters is just a great name any way you slice it.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Under the several layers of stuffed shirts that this film seems to wear beats the heart of an old-fashioned, tearjerking romantic drama.

August 8, 2003 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Dull and unmoving.

August 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Its unwieldy structure, which pops back and forth between the 1930s and '40s, makes the movie choppy for no good reason.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

By a certain point The Heart of Me becomes pointlessly depressing and unlikable without offering insight.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A powerful, authentic, and deeply emotional period piece that clearly communicates that very special affinity between sisters.

July 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

A Fannie Hurst-style weepie dressed up in Masterpiece Theatre trappings...a drab and listless affair.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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Audience Reviews for The Heart of Me

[font=Century Gothic][color=darkred]"The Heart of Me" starts in 1934 in a well-to-do household in London. Madeleine(Olivia Williams) is constantly worrying about the marriage prospects for her bohemian sister, Dinah(Helena Bonham Carter). Getting Dinah married has been a lot of trouble for Madeleine. Little does she suspect that the reason for this, is that Dinah is having an affair with Madeleine's husband, Rickie(Paul Bettany). The moral of the movie is that having an affair with your sister-in-law can be a lot of fun, until somebody gets pregnant. "The Heart of Me" is not that interesting with a good cast wasted playing types more than anythingelse. A flash forward to 1946 is awkward in giving away some of the story while cheating in other ways.[/color][/font]
February 10, 2005
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Walter M.

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Great movie! Fantastic story plot. Amazing actors!
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