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

Dec 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What you get instead of soccer is almost two hours of late-stage syphilis.

Dec 7, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Equal parts temper and tenderness, lust and incaution, "Heleno" is short on specifics but long on impression.

Dec 6, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

Dec 5, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

You're stuck daydreaming about a far, far better movie.

Dec 4, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 4, 2012 | Rating: 1/5
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