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Heaven Reviews

November 15, 2002
If Heaven doesn't quite achieve the transcendent power that Kieslowski might have attained, it comes close.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2002
Its compelling mix of trial movie, escape movie and unexpected fable ensures the film never feels draggy.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 2, 2002
Heaven doesn't exactly reign on high, but it does make for a soul-searching experience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 26, 2002
There's much to admire about Twyker's movie, even if it runs out of gas once it hits the road.
Read More | Original Score: B-
October 25, 2002
Seems to have less to do with lived moral dilemmas than with the smug piety of its makers.
October 24, 2002
A daunting task -- to realize the work of a dead master -- well done.
October 21, 2002
Blanchett's performance transcends cultural barriers, and makes the film well worth seeing.
October 18, 2002
While we'll never really know what Kieslowski might have made of this ... we can be reasonably certain even he would be moved by what this unlikely young German filmmaker has made of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2002
The story remains so minimal that, ultimately, it just isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2002
Blanchett, one of the great actresses working today, is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2002
Blanchett's performance confirms her power once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2002
Some movies suck you in despite their flaws, and Heaven is one such beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2002
Further sad evidence that Tom Tykwer, director of the resonant and sense-spinning Run Lola Run, has turned out to be a one-trick pony -- a maker of softheaded metaphysical claptrap.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 18, 2002
A beautifully designed, lyrical fable of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2002
Mr. Tykwer manages to put his own stamp on Heaven without neglecting the vision of the man who wrote it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 17, 2002
We can argue for eternity if this Heaven is the one Kieslowski dreamed of, but we can be grateful that Tykwer had the courage to climb the ladder Kieslowski left behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2002
Heaven is odd, and awkward in places, but its lyricism and power stay with you.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2002
It's not a completely successful endeavor, partly because of obvious marquee casting and a New Age-y finale reminiscent of Thelma & Louise, but it's still quite compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2002
Both engrossing and moving, a poem about a love that breaks barriers and passes understanding.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2002
Tykwer is in love with the classic convention of lovers on the lam, but he hasn't worn it out yet. Instead, he consistently renews it.
October 4, 2002
A restrained Ribisi convinces as an Italian, though if ever a movie needed one of the actor's whiny jags to pump it up, this has to be among the rare ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 4, 2002
You might say Tykwer has done all that Heaven allows, if you wanted to make as anti-Kieslowski a pun as possible. Suffice to say its total promise is left slightly unfulfilled.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2002
Tykwer's surface flash isn't just a poor fit with Kieslowski's lyrical pessimism; it completely contradicts everything Kieslowski's work aspired to, including the condition of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 4, 2002
None of this is half as moving as the filmmakers seem to think.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 4, 2002
In Heaven the Australian dramatic chameleon Cate Blanchett gives the most compelling screen performance of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 2, 2002
Like many of Kieslowski's religious analogies ... this may sound a bit much on paper, but it works like gangbusters in context.
October 2, 2002
The movie tries to be ethereal, but ends up seeming goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2002
Far more successful, if considerably less ambitious, than last year's Kubrick-meets-Spielberg exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
April 9, 2002
An entertaining film, but it leaves you unsatisfied.