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Heartless Reviews

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February 9, 2012
While ambitious, 'Heartless' derails in a big way, stacking the deck with weird moments intended to give it some kind of cult status, without considering that films specifically designed to be "cult" are rarely the ones that actually are.
January 9, 2011
Earns points for combining two sub-genres (revenge and occult) into one surprisingly original tale of violence and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 9, 2010
A highly imaginative if often darkly disturbing work that even at its most seemingly outlandish remains intriguing and involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 3, 2010
Heartless isn't as dazzling as The Reflecting Skin but it's nice to hear from Ridley again after all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 2, 2010
"Heartless" is a bit of a jumble, especially in its last third. But it's got a distinct tone, contrasting romance and even outright sentimentality with urban dread and a few nasty visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 1, 2010
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.
November 19, 2010
Heartless is nothing if not imaginative. It's a visually bizarre update of the deal-with-the-devil "Faust" legend, with a range of amazing, hilarious, terrifying, and romantic images bashing up against one another in an eerily natural way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 19, 2010
"Heartless" is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2010
It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 18, 2010
moralistic filmmaking so wrong-headed as to become mean-spirited
| Original Score: 1/5
November 18, 2010
A moody, portentous tale of demons running amok on the streets of London.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 18, 2010
A shy, scarred photographer suspects that demons are behind the apparently senseless violence wracking his rundown London neighborhood in this ambitious horror-art movie hybrid.
November 18, 2010
It's a wicked film with convincing nightmarish imagery, but there's no story here to cling to, making this abyss of torment rather easy to disregard.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 16, 2010
With erratic success, Heartless tries a number of different veins.. but it's on firmest footing as a macabre comedy.
November 12, 2010
Heartless is as witless as its protagonist, whose willingness to make a pact with Satan is so knuckleheaded that his subsequent torment feels deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 27, 2010
There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.
September 26, 2010
Writer/director Philip Ridley has created a visionary world where beauty falls way to a Kingdom of Hell that strongly suggests the work of British horror author Clive Barker.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2010
Finding actual emotional content in a horror flick is much too rare these days, so this is a cause to celebrate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2010
Though several sequences are gruesome enough to be watched only through splayed fingers, it's no generic horror flick, but one of the most original and audacious British psychological thrillers in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2010
The movie packs genuine scares, and keeps us connected to its twisty events with Sturgess' powerfully empathetic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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