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Heleno (2012)



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Gifted with incredible athletic talent, Brazilian-born Heleno de Freitas conquered the soccer world in the 1940s. As his fame and fortune grew to new heights, his passion for a decadent life of women and nightclubs threatened his career. Featuring an Awards-caliber performance by Rodrigo Santoro (300, What to Expect When You're Expecting), Heleno depicts the thrilling life of the world's first sports superstar. (c) Screen Media

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Critic Reviews for Heleno

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

There's just so much one can care about this star athlete and his self-destructive journey.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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What you get instead of soccer is almost two hours of late-stage syphilis.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
New York Post
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Equal parts temper and tenderness, lust and incaution, "Heleno" is short on specifics but long on impression.

December 6, 2012
New York Times
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José Henrique Fonseca's handsome black-and-white, impressionistic bio-drama goes very Raging Bull-ish, to tell a piece of the story of Heleno de Freitas, a Brazilian soccer star with matinee-idol charisma.

Full Review… | December 5, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
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You're stuck daydreaming about a far, far better movie.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Village Voice
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From its flash-forward framing sequence to its glossy black and white images, the film emulates Raging Bull in nearly every particular, while failing to capture even a sliver of that tortured-soul sports-movie's insight or visceral power.

December 4, 2012
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Heleno


Not really fond of biopic, especially for the one who was so distant from me. Quite a formulaic narrative for a biopic. But good to see more about Rodrigo Santoro, apart from his pretty face.


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