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Heartbeats Reviews

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Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
February 23, 2011
The story feels tired, and the cyclical ending is about as surprising as the calorie count of a Cinnabon.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 15, 2011
Spends 100 minutes dispensing painful examples of how infatuation turns people into idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Too many musical interludes, too much posing, and generally not enough meat in the sandwich.
February 4, 2011
Dolan is so impressed with his own aesthetics that he insists that half the movie contain ass-numbingly long slow-motion shots, just so you can savor it.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Robert Levin
February 24, 2011
The actors are submerged in a layer of artifice so thick that it's impossible to regard the characters as anything but pawns in the writer-director's cinematic game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
February 22, 2011
An undeniable triumph of artifice, Heartbeats acts as a kind of bizarro fantasy mirror, aestheticizing and glamorizing the madness that arises from unrequited sexual obsession, as drunk on beauty and blind to truth as its deluded singles.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
February 24, 2011
A and B love C, who's oblivious, but Xavier Dolan only wrests a few chuckles from the old "is he or isn't he" tease.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
April 15, 2011
Dolan's characters may for the most part be keenly observed, but it all becomes eye-rolling when he takes his stylization into overdrive.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 22, 2011
Girl likes boy who likes boy (or maybe he doesn't) sounds like that recent reality-TV scenario, but there's very little reality at play in this hollowed-out, tricked-up Montreal-based drama.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 25, 2011
Dolan has a gift but he hasn't fully unwrapped it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
May 26, 2011
Hipster's delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 24, 2011
Alas, although Heartbeats is quite lovely to look at, there isn't much going on after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 29, 2010
What Xavier Dolan's sophomore effort lacks is a true sense of purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2011
Who knew being young, beautiful and hip could be so tedious?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 25, 2011
"Heartbeats" looks good, and it has some funny dialogue. But there isn't enough to sustain the film's running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 24, 2011
You wouldn't want to spend time with any of them; they're pouty, moody, pretentious and otherwise unpleasant. Just like this film.
Peter Bradshaw
May 26, 2011
There is something rather flimsy about Heartbeats. That said, it certainly shows that Dolan has quite a career ahead of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 27, 2011
Lushly, not to say swishly made, the whole thing is really just a pseudo-poetic trifle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
December 28, 2010
Dolan's stylistic touches and cinematic tributes make Heartbeats a sumptuous, striking pleasure. But don't be fooled by all that fanciness; although he probably wouldn't like to admit it, he owes a great deal to traditional American romcoms...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nicola Balkind
The Skinny
May 25, 2011
Opening with a recurring set of interviews with love scorned young people, Heartbeats lays down a tonne of 20-something sarcasm communicated through tongue-clicks, snide smirks and eye-rolls galore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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