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

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

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September 9, 2005
The storytelling is elliptical; subplots that seem important simply vanish without resolution, as they do in life if not melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: '3/4'
September 8, 2005
The film has a gritty, pounding heartbeat of its own.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2005
Holds up as an offbeat film by a talented filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 3, 2005
Audiard's jagged, vérité-like style and Duris's performance -- evoking not so much Harvey Keitel's in Toback's film as a combination of the Keitel and Robert De Niro characters in Mean Streets -- transcend the story's absurdities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 2, 2005
It would be hard to overstate just how electric Romain Duris is as Thomas.
Read More | Original Score: A
August 26, 2005
Enthralling character study.
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August 26, 2005
It's a strange mix - classical music and classical gangster violence... Romain Duris does a bang-up job playing a very intense character with a soft side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 24, 2005
Succeeds as both a homage to its quirky model and as an engrossing film in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 23, 2005
They don't make 'em, never mind remake 'em, a whole lot better than this.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 19, 2005
Audiard has a nice stride here, establishing Tom's world and then altering it with slow insistence.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 19, 2005
Audiard has wisely avoided the crime-movie clichés of Toback's Fingers, and if his film is not exactly naturalistic, it is steeped in a reality that makes it all the more compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 10, 2005
Compared to Keitel, he's a fluttery lightweight, whether banging the ivories or his victims. His nature isn't divided. He's no hoodlum--not even Belmondo impersonating Bogart.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 5, 2005
There's plenty of material here, but co-screenwriter/director Jacques Audiard feels compelled to throw in a couple of go-nowhere subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2005
A tense noir character study, with Duris (in the Harvey Keitel role) coldly compelling as a man with a hellish day job and a heavenly musical gift.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2005
Easy to overlook, and will probably be easy to forget
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 3, 2005
Whether the scenes add up to anything or not, however, Duris holds the screen like a natural.
July 29, 2005
Audiard's baffling underworld etude seems entirely played in a minor key.
July 29, 2005
Emotionally richer than Fingers, and there's nothing secondhand about Duris' performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2005
This is character-driven film noir, where the violence serves a higher purpose than shocking or titillating an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2005
Much more than a remake, Beat is an original vision that explores the inner conflict between a man's animal brutality and the passion to transcend.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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