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Heading South Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 19, 2006
Where does Legba go when he leaves? Neither the women nor the director seem to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
July 4, 2006
It's nice that they're finally adapting Harlequin romance novels into movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
David Cornelius
January 4, 2007
While an important message is at the movie's core, Cantet just can't find a way to make us care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kent Turner
July 6, 2006
Issues of class and race are overwhelmed by the third act melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 7, 2006
A well-acted but misguided tale of displaced sexual longing on the beaches of Baby Doc Duvalier's 1970s Haiti.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 4, 2006
A nervy but muddleheaded work ... with sharply unpleasant things to say about the First World's moral strip-mining of the Third but an overly tactful way of saying them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 21, 2006
In the end, the pretense of romance is what you walk away with. It might have made a memorable study of dark needs if it didn't wear down its vitality with so much dispiriting weakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 30, 2006
Okay, we'll admit that the ideal of being fawned over and adored by half-dressed men has some appeal, but this movie doesn't... sex in paradise shouldn't be this uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 6, 2006
Looking for love in all the wrong places cools in the warmth of the Haitian sun.
| Original Score: 6/10
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
August 24, 2006
Provocative subject matter and a rather magnificent performance by Charlotte Rampling aside, the occasional flickering hint of deeper meaning isn't enough to sustain interest.
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Jay Weissberg
February 3, 2006
Albert's bitterness deserved further development, but the real puzzle is why Cantet doesn't let Legba have a say.
Angela Baldassarre
February 12, 2006
A movie about middle-aged women frolicking with smooth-skinned Haitian locals on the beach can be either erotic and sensual, or exploitive and pointless.
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
July 7, 2006
As a glimpse into a curious subculture this provokes interest, but in dramatic and political terms it's a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 26, 2006
It misses by a mile the quality that characterizes Cantet's other films.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 20, 2006
The women are meant to level the emotional playing field and add depth to what is, at heart, a story about the exploitation of poor nations by rich and powerful ones. But they wind up being too bitter and unstable to elicit much sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 25, 2006
Laurent Cantet directs his adaptation of Dany Laferreiere's La Chair du Maitre as if it were a Danielle Steele novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 19, 2006
"Heading South" is more of a middling film precisely because it is so obviously tackling an issue and making a statement. As a result, the characters and the story suffer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 1, 2006
In the end, one gets the sense that Cantet and his cast and crew mainly wanted to get paid to make a movie on a beautiful Santo Domingo beach among beautiful people.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 3, 2006
Suffering from a surfeit of addled ambition, it's intellectually feverish but dramatically languid, one of those overreaching movies that tries awfully hard to seem deep but ends up as shallow as a tide pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
February 3, 2006
Cantet never finds the keys to his characters in Heading South and fails to give them life beyond the politicized representations imposed on them by Laferrière.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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