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Heleno Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
December 14, 2012
The script rarely digs beneath the surface of its intriguing subject.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 8, 2012
A shallow glimpse into the life of Heleno de Freitas that's anchored by breathtaking black-and-white cinematography and a bravura, raw performance by Rodrigo Santoro. It ultimately nourishes your heart more than your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.04/10
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 7, 2012
Heleno might have been stronger by better avoiding the clichés of its genre-yet there are still benefits to this stylish work.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 7, 2012
[C]uriously all but avoids the game -- except for a few opportunities for Heleno, a hothead with no self-control, to berate and abuse his teammates -- in favor of a lurid focus on his other public exploits.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2012
There's just so much one can care about this star athlete and his self-destructive journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
December 7, 2012
What you get instead of soccer is almost two hours of late-stage syphilis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
December 6, 2012
Equal parts temper and tenderness, lust and incaution, "Heleno" is short on specifics but long on impression.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 4, 2012
You're stuck daydreaming about a far, far better movie.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
December 4, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
December 4, 2012
The film hints at a kicky, impressionistic style that director José Henrique Fonseca never effectively employs to actually communicate Heleno de Freitas's demons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
February 28, 2013
| Original Score: C
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