Heaven Knows What


Heaven Knows What

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Grueling and rewarding in equal measure, Heaven Knows What hits hard -- and serves as a powerful calling card for its captivating star, Arielle Holmes.



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Directed by celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie (LENNY COOKE, DADDY LONGLEGS), HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT blends fiction, formalism and raw documentary as it follows a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes) who finds mad love in the streets of New York. The film is based on Holmes' soon-to-be-published memoir Mad Love in New York City. Co starring Caleb Landry-Jones (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, BYZANTIUM), HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT also features street legend Buddy Duress and gore rap phenom Necro. (C) TWC Radius

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Critic Reviews for Heaven Knows What

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (25)

  • Cautiously recommended.

    Apr 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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  • Heaven Knows What feels like an authentic, sometimes painfully accurate portrait of life in New York City as experienced by the homeless, ever-hustling teenagers.

    Jun 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4
  • Fans of the cinematic street poet Larry Clark (Kids, Bully) might go for this, though the unexpected moments of dignity and compassion that deepen his characters are in short supply here.

    Jun 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Holmes has a face that reveals everything and nothing. Besides being strikingly photogenic, she's a natural.

    Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • All this desperation and squalor reeks of authenticity.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A striking portrait of addiction that doesn't say anything new - drugs are bad, kids - but it leaves a lasting and chilling impression.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Heaven Knows What


It is like Christiane F. written by Harmony Korine - which is certainly not a compliment -, a film that comes as another realization that realistic (which it definitely is) doesn't necessarily mean good, as it follows the empty lives of a bunch of hateful people who are not worthy of our time.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Won't be for everyone as there is no huge story. It just ambles along following the lives of a group of drug addicts. It felt quite true to life and was quite gritty, though not as disgusting as some films I have seen about addiction. I found it hard to care too much about any of these people apart from Arielle,and even she tested me a bit. Just wasted lives and frustrating to watch it honestly.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

What's shocking isn't the violence, drug use, or how the characters suffer, it's how authentic all those things feel. I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to revisit this film, but I appreciate that something this raw exists.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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