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De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) Reviews

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post
March 21, 2016
This violent film, which swept the Cesar awards (the French Oscars) this year, provides a nuanced portrait of a conflicted young man who can never completely break away from the dark world in which he has grown up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 7, 2010
Niels Arestrup is striking as the hero's slumlord father.
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Relying on the enigmatic and sultry charisma of Romain Duris, The Beat My Heart Skipped is a mesmerising portrait of a man torn by two very different sides of his personality.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 28, 2007
A gritty urban romance that touches on the various fascinating ways that music and psychological states of mind interact or clash in a dissonant and chaotic modern world.
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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A riff that will provide great pleasures to those willing to sample a molto vivace remake of Toback's cinematic ode to torment and obsession.
Peter Bradshaw
January 27, 2007
[Duris] is pure star quality: gloweringly sexy, hypnotically unstable and needy, combining rage and vulnerability in his handsome, delicate face.
Philip Kemp
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
Altogether, Audiard's movie hangs together better than Toback's: it's more coherent in its construction, far less arbitrary in its dialogue, and more plausible and considered in its characterisation.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
It's a turgid, seemingly endless trudge through Gallic angst and ennui without one memorable performance, image, line of dialogue or note of music.
| Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 11, 2006
If not for Duris' amazing, thoroughly captivating performance, it's clear that De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté would not come off nearly as well as it ultimately does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Simmering study of a petty hood-cum-wannabe pianist succumbing to his innate violent side -- but there might be a touch too much ivory tinkling for some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
December 6, 2005
A hugely enjoyable, superbly directed film with a cracking script and a terrific central performance from Romain Duris.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 6, 2005
The Beat That My Heart Skipped is a work of authority, maturity and intensity that improves on Toback's original film without appearing to patronise or despise it.
November 25, 2005
Une rencontre entre Jacques Audiard et Romain Duris qui consacre ce dernier comme l'un des grands acteurs français de sa génération.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
October 14, 2005
Delivers its tough narrative straight and swiftly, up to its surprising but satisfying ending.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 30, 2005
It has been very well made, with the often jumpy photography and scuzzy locales that reflect the nervous energy and predatory nature of its young subject. But it also finds the time to achieve some real emotional depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 30, 2005
The actors' touching father-and-son exchanges barely miss a beat.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 29, 2005
None of this would work without Duris' simmering performance as Tom, a person who's struggling to find his true calling.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 26, 2005
From its plot to its look, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is designed to express how it feels to be torn between two opposing worlds and passions.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 18, 2005
Audiard's film is undeniably infused with a greater sense of realism, yet this stark and elemental drama seems underserved by prosaic realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
September 9, 2005
Duris fills the role with enough sympathy to make the film decent, albeit not as good as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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