Heartbeats Reviews

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August 5, 2019
A devastating exploration of the complexities and absurdities of love.
November 17, 2018
[Director Xavier Dolan's] got an unquestionably terrific eye but a bit of a tin ear for dialogue, and continues to shoot himself in loving close-up, a detriment.
September 28, 2017
Though intermittently engaging, the contents seem both overcooked and undernourishing.
August 31, 2011
May be the most raw and visceral cinematic portrayal of infatuation I've ever seen, with nearly every shot conveying aching, unrequited desire.
July 14, 2011
In Dolan, the hipster crowd might well have found their latest poster boy.
May 28, 2011
It's likeable enough, though there's far too much slow motion.
May 27, 2011
A subtle and painfully amusing battle of wills.
May 26, 2011
Every frame is a joy to look at, and the three leads very appealing.
May 26, 2011
Ultimately, Dolan's image-led central characters and their shallow, bitchy concerns won't appeal to everyone, but those who've experienced l'amour fou themselves will find plenty to enjoy.
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.
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.
May 23, 2011
Sumptuously photographed and elegantly stylised, Heartbeats' exterior is as seductive as Schneider's R-Pattzalike. Dig beneath the surface, though, and there ain't much there.
May 23, 2011
A fizzing delight that tips a nod to the masters of the French New Wave without sacrificing its identity or sense of freshness. Recommended.
May 20, 2011
At 21, actor-filmmaker Dolan proves that I Killed My Mother was no fluke. This is even bolder filmmaking that continually takes risks with its material
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.
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.
April 2, 2011
Director Dolan focuses on the fetishes of fashion
April 1, 2011
Mature viewers may grow weary of so much posing but Dolan's take on modern romance and the wear and tear on friendship seems tailor-made for viewers under 25.
April 1, 2011
The vibe of the French-Canadian "Heartbeats" is better conveyed by its original title, which needs no translation: "Les Amours Imaginaires."
March 31, 2011
It's nearly impossible to believe that so young a filmmaker should be so fully formed and have such an arsenal of gifts.
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