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Heartbeats Reviews

May 25, 2011
It can seem as if style is all in Dolan's films, but as well as revelling in its pleasures, they also dissect its limitations - sometimes without anaesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 29, 2011
Ultimately what makes "Heartbeats" tick is that it's less about love objects and more about friends who are stuck with each other, for better or worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2011
Spends 100 minutes dispensing painful examples of how infatuation turns people into idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 7, 2011
There are moments of heartbreaking beauty in it - although Dolan is still a work in progress. He'll get better - he's immensely talented - but he's not quite there yet.
March 31, 2011
Not too deep but oh so pretty, "Heartbeats" presents a hyper-stylized look at a love triangle, a sort of "Jules and Jim" for millennials.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 17, 2011
"Heartbeats" charts its own course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
A pretty decent film in its own right, and a remarkably good one if you consider the filmmaker turns 22 this month.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2011
All the dramatic protraction gets at both a heaviness of romantic desire and emotional viscosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2011
Dolan is proving to be adept at and unafraid of teasing out the flaws of his characters, seemingly more concerned with whether they are interesting than whether an audience will like them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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March 1, 2011
It's a bright, slight romp that seems to want to zero in on the pain and trauma of romantic obsession. If the filmmaker weren't having such fun mocking characters who fall hard while pretending not to, it might just be able to achieve that.
Full Review | Original Score: 7
February 26, 2011
The triangulations of their desire are amusing but Dolan, as a director, is all attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
February 24, 2011
The new movie confirms Mr. Dolan as a wildly talented, carelessly extravagant filmmaker nakedly in thrall to idols like Wong Kar-wai, Jean-Luc Godard, Franšois Truffaut, Bernardo Bertolucci and Pedro Almodˇvar.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2011
The film couples high comedy with spiritual solitude. That's not just a slo-mo stunt, it's a cockeyed triumph.
February 24, 2011
It contains all the passion and drama that animated I Killed My Mother, but carried across with greater assurance and technique.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 23, 2011
[A] madly stylish Montreal-made delight...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 23, 2011
Xavier Dolan is the new darling of Canadian cinema, and it's easy to see why.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2011
Though his results are sometimes raw, Dolan seems to be chronicling heartache as he discovers it. Indulge him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
September 24, 2010
Quebec director Xavier Dolan's follow-up to his precocious art-house hit, I Killed My Mother, is a sweet and creamy, puffed-up dessert of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4