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Lawless Heart Reviews

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Emily Russin
Seattle Times
August 29, 2003
A guy's flick whose charms are many and faults are few.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 22, 2003
A modern and mature story about love and loving, a film as intelligent as it is charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2003
Lawless Heart is so well crafted, so original, that each overlapping scene swells with new life and interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
June 5, 2003
The situations are forced; love blossoms way too easily; and the characters are downright daft.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
May 15, 2003
The writing-directing pair of Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger create a fairly seamless patchwork, although the novelty starts to wear thin by the third layer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
It's an intriguing experience.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 8, 2003
Shows us small revelations only an opened heart can grasp.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 2, 2003
It's an ambitious attempt, but one which too often puts form ahead of story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 2, 2003
As it stands, Tim's story rescues the movie, but barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 2, 2003
It thins out until the repetitive format begins to seem, well, repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 1, 2003
It's dedicated to a fuller understanding of the human condition, a deeper appreciation of everything we take for granted in even the messiest melodramas.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2003
The characters are full-bodied and authentic, capable of surprising themselves, and their dialogue is written with a good ear for how smart people try to be truthful and secretive at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2003
It is so adroit in its structure, so insightful in how it explores its vivid characters that it forces us to acknowledge not only how complicated all lives are but also how easy it is to be self-centered and miss those complications in everyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
For these gifted directors and their fine ensemble, the notion that every life forms into a mosaic of intimate, largely unobserved details is the story most worth telling.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 4, 2003
What seems like a politely repressed British drama on first viewing becomes deeper, more eloquent, and more piercing the more it expands in your mind's eye. About three days after you see it, the movie pops into three-dimensional profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2003
This low-key affair is graced with fine performances and a decidedly grown-up view of the world.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 6, 2003
Good, sophisticated, warm-hearted fun (poor Dan excluded), and should be seen.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 1, 2003
The storytelling structure is far more interesting than the story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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March 1, 2003
An impishly funny, melancholy, absolutely delightful English ensemble drama.
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Stephanie Zacharek
February 27, 2003
A miniature triumph of understatement.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 24, 2003
I loved this movie for its melancholy spirit and its beautiful attention to the details in life.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 20, 2003
It takes a while to get used to the fractured narrative, but once done it is easy to put your mind on autopilot and go with the offbeat characters and events.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 20, 2003
Leaves you with the impression that it could go on and on, picking up loose threads and exploring stray implications. More remarkably, you find yourself wishing it would, because these absolutely ordinary people turn out to be infinitely interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
February 19, 2003
Like grieving itself, the film is awkward, messily honest, and sometimes darkly funny.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 24, 2002
A lyrical, affecting survey of modern romance with a decidedly English accent.