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The Good Heart Reviews

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
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.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 4, 2010
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came. The bar in "The Good Heart" is emphatically not that place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
May 13, 2010
Icelandic writer/director Dagur Kári embraces the deadpan, absurdist comedy of Finland's Aki Kaurismäki and Norway's Bent Hamer, but in place of the usual laconic antihero, he offers Cox's bellowing, Beethoven-maned troglodyte.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 6, 2010
Cox makes his reanimation a believable, joyful change of heart, rather than a labored bit of plot manipulation. He seems ennobled, not merely sentimentalized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 5, 2010
Iceland-bred writer-director Dagur Kári shot most of the picture in his homeland, loading a lot of distinctly Nordic seriocomic melancholy onto a study of two characters in a city that never sleeps.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michelle Orange
Movieline
April 30, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2010
If you're in the mood for a splash of dark drama, a bit of humor, very dry, on the rocks, with a twist, this will come close to satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
April 29, 2010
even when it's slumming in sentimentality, it never offers you exactly what you're expecting, and that is admirable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 28, 2010
An emotionally affecting film about a young man whose good heart transforms the life of angry bar owner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 28, 2010
The Good Heart dilutes Cox's gravitas with quirk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
March 24, 2010
Although some of this is just too literal and the ending a bit unsatisfying in its obvious simplemindedness, The Good Heart is redeemed as a wonderful opportunity for memorable character studies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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July 18, 2010
The movie's two bright spots are Cox and Dano, who perform excellently despite the dull inevitabilities the script forces on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.6/10
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 14, 2010
Welcome to New York City Skid Row by way of Reykjavik, Iceland. In the Paris-born, Iceland-raised Dagur Kari's "The Good Heart," you will find a New York City unlike any other.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
May 13, 2010
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
May 7, 2010
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
This odd couple never moves beyond oddness and the lower-depths shenanigans grate.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 7, 2010
You know those movies where two very different people meet, and you're so intrigued by both of them that you hope they'll form an unlikely friendship? Well, The Good Heart isn't one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
May 6, 2010
Moves unstoppably toward frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 6, 2010
But the film has no grasp of reality. And, worse, it has no feel for poetry, settling for pat contrasts between the two men, and taking its cardiac imagery to an absurd and literal conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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