Jack of the Red Hearts

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Jack is a tough teenage runaway on the lam from her parole officer. The conniving street kid brazenly impersonates a trained caregiver and forms a unique bond with an 11 year-old autistic girl named Glory. The child's desperate mother Kay, also bonds with the imposter, as a surrogate daughter she can actually talk to. And the girl's cute older brother Robert falls in love. When the deception is exposed and the cops descend, loving father Mark struggles to hold his family together as the pieces of this puzzle are reshuffled into a new, satisfying whole.


Critic Reviews for Jack of the Red Hearts

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (6)

  • There's a poignant, powerful story lurking at the edges of "Jack of the Red Hearts" but, as is, the film proves a strained, implausible family drama.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "Jack of the Red Hearts" is the movie equivalent of what used to be called a "problem play." As such, it is well done.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • From the opening scene [Robb] takes over the screen with a coltish toughness and mercurial charisma.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's rare that a drama shows such specificity with respect to the experience of coping with autism, and that sensitivity goes a long way.

    Feb 23, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The film focuses less on the topic of autism and more on the story of Jack's redemption, which can be very inspiring when it tries to be, but lacks a certain spark behind the core message it hopes to send across.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Jack of the Red Hearts depicts a bond between a troubled teenager and a young autistic girl ... The goodwill for its titular character never feels earned.

    Aug 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jack of the Red Hearts

  • Oct 09, 2016
    Sweet story, not so great ending.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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