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Smart, well-acted, and unsettling, Heartless marks a mostly satisfying return to genre thrills for writer-director Philip Ridley. Read critic reviews

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Jamie Morgan, who was born with a heart-shaped birthmark on his face, discovers demons on the streets of East London.

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Critic Reviews for Heartless

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (9)

  • Aside from performances, most of Heartless's faults could be explained away by its storyline but that doesn't make it any more entertaining in the moment. Still, it's an intriguing watch for fans of the genre.

    August 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A highly imaginative if often darkly disturbing work that even at its most seemingly outlandish remains intriguing and involving.

    December 9, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • an ambitious, disorienting film that plays fast and loose as much with its own generic identity (urban horror, social realism, morality drama, black comedy, psychothriller and fairytale allegory) as with its protagonist's meandering sense of reality.

    December 1, 2010
  • "Heartless" is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work.

    November 19, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style.

    November 18, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • A moody, portentous tale of demons running amok on the streets of London.

    November 18, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heartless

  • Mar 21, 2013
    The first 2/3'rds of this movie was very interesting, different, and unusually intriguing. After that, however, it took a nose dive into "huh?". I wasn't at all getting where they decided to take the story..what happened, why it happened, or what any of it meant. Too bad....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2012
    This is a movie with a goofy concept told in an overly serious and sentimental manner with silly plot twists and nonsensical happenings. With that run-on sentence out of the way, I can honestly say I didn't like this movie at all for the reasons I mentioned. The concept is intriguing, at best, but the movie, as mentioned, takes itself too seriously. Especially when the dialogue is really corny at best, this is most apparent during Tia and Jamie's scenes with each other. The sentimental stuff through the movie wasn't very good either. Though I did very much enjoy Eddie Marsan's extended cameo as the Weapons Man, this was the highlight of the film and it was the only scene in the film that actually had a sense of humor. The movie also has some subplots that simply don't add anything to the film. There are some subplots that are alluded early on in the film and then you're expected to remember them by the end of the film, despite not being important or relevant for the majority of the film itself. And the special effects for the film were outright awful as well. The plot twists also weren't that great either. And it's not that I didn't get what the movie was trying to do, it wasn't confusing at all to figure out. The movie's pretty clear-cut, it's easy to figure out what the story is. But the movie simply doesn't work other at all other than Eddie Marsan's scene. An incredibly underwhelming movie that had a very intriguing concept.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2012
    Built on a solid base of fairly well-known actors and impressive work from art direction and make-up, Heartless successfully overcomes its low budget, intermittent weak plot, and graphic nature to remit a worthwhile horror film.
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  • Mar 07, 2012
    In "Heartless," Jamie(Jim Sturgess) has been cursed since birth with a heart-shaped birthmark that scars half his face, dashing his dreams of being with a beautiful woman like Tia(Clemence Poesy). At least, he makes friends easily enough, like with A.J.(Noel Clarke), his new neighbor. And then there is Jamie's loving mother(Ruth Sheen) who accompanies him to the cemetery on the tenth anniversary of his father's(Timothy Spall) death, just before witnessing her burning to death at the hands of a vicious gang. Like Neil's Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' and Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant novels, "Heartless" shows a dark fantasy version of London that exists just below the surface, suggesting the world is really much weirder than we ever suspected. Plus, there is a good cast on hand, including three members of the Mike Leigh Repertory Company; of which Eddie Marsan has a scene stealing turn. But as creepy as the first half is, the movie turns increasingly campy in its second half. Come to think of it, except for thematically, both halves feel like different movies entirely. And it is not until a cop-out of an ending that everything gets linked together, however tenuously.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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