The Good Heart 2010

The Good Heart

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Homeless and saved from almost certain death by a hospital staff, Lucas (Paul Dano) has nowhere to turn. The hospital staffers, though, are so taken with his kindness and generosity that they take up a collection to give him a fresh start. But when he's discharged, Lucas meets some fellow homeless people and gives away all the money he's just received. His roommate at the hospital, Jacques (Brian Cox), is also affected by the young man, and offers him a job at his bar.

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Bill Buell
Roger Verne
Dagur Kári
Screenwriter
Thor S. Sigurjonsson
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Rasmus Videbæk
Cinematographer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Executive Producer
Robin O'Hara
Executive Producer
Scott Macaulay
Executive Producer
Andri Steinn
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Slowblow
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Critic Reviews for The Good Heart

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (26)

  • The relationship of the characters played by Cox and Dano, more innocent than the dynamic the two actors explored nine years ago in L.I.E., makes for an eccentric buddy-film gone right.

    November 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The movie's two bright spots are Cox and Dano, who perform excellently despite the dull inevitabilities the script forces on them.

    July 18, 2010 | Rating: 4.6/10 | Full Review…
  • Cox doesn't so much chew the scenery as inhale it. Dano looks on in awe. Who can blame him? For that matter, who can blame Cox?

    May 13, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Too sentimental for art house crowds and too dirty for multiplex folk, The Good Heart is a movie without an audience about characters that never feel like they really exist.

    May 7, 2010 | Full Review…
  • This odd couple never moves beyond oddness and the lower-depths shenanigans grate.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • It's a strange thing, this type of whimsy. Kari offers us ideas in place of characters, and yet he expects us to see through these ideas to the real-life conditions they represent -- and then to respond to them in kind.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Heart

  • Jan 05, 2013
    If there's a reason I liked this film, it's because of Brian Cox and Paul Dano who, as always, deliver their absolute best. The problem lies in the fact that the script is unsure of itself and doesn't know what it wants to do. It has an identity crisis. And that's a problem because the story never builds to anything. It has different ideas it wants to get across but it never fully commits to one. It eventually does lead to Jacques changing his ways, but it's simply too late by that point to really make the story better. In a way you do care for the leads, as Brian Cox and Paul Dano are absolutely great together and I think the characters themselves are interesting and intriguing, especially Brian Cox who is excellent as the antagonistic Jacques. And Paul Dano is a good counter to that with his character's immense likability. That's all I can say really, the film is absolutely made by Brian Cox and Paul Dano and their excellent performances. It's such a shame the story is a step behind.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2012
    I really could have done without the swinging kitten scene. Otherwise, I enjoyed seeing how the nasty old man warmed up to the homeless boy and took him under his wing. The twist at the end made me yell out loud.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2011
    In "The Good Heart," Jacques(Brian Cox), the owner of a dive bar, suffers his fifth heart attack brought on by listening to a self-help tape. His roommate in the hospital is Lucas(Paul Dano), a young homeless man recovering from a suicide attempt. The two bond, despite Lucas' inability to turn off the smoke detector. So much so, that after he is discharged from the hospital, Jacques looks up Lucas and not only offers him a place to stay and a job, but also names him his heir. "The Good Heart" gets off to a bad start before transitioning into an offbeat rhythm.(By the way, this is about the only time I have seen a German Shepherd that could be described as cute.) The movie nicely details life and drinking in a dive bar by filming in a faded color scheme that along with the weathered faces captures the inherent sense of desperation. By contrast, there is not much of a story on the surface and the ending is something of a foregone conclusion. And then there is the epilogue which raises some interesting questions about previous events while possibly confirming what we already suspected about Jacques.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2011
    Frustrating and poignant, heartbreaking and beautiful, "The Good Heart" relies heavily on its cast to bring to life the less than amiable nature of the script. Very dry for the most part, you really have to enjoy Cox and Dano to get anything from this out-of-touch-at-times look at two lonely men.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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