Heartbeats Reviews

August 31, 2018
So it doesn't cut it as a tale of erotic desperation, but stylistically? Tediously pretentious, padded out as it is with slo-mo sequences that are neither moody nor relevant and young people delivering overwritten speeches about love.
June 6, 2011
Who knew being young, beautiful and hip could be so tedious?
May 27, 2011
Lushly, not to say swishly made, the whole thing is really just a pseudo-poetic trifle.
May 26, 2011
There is something rather flimsy about Heartbeats. That said, it certainly shows that Dolan has quite a career ahead of him.
May 26, 2011
Hipster's delight.
May 25, 2011
Dolan has a gift but he hasn't fully unwrapped it.
April 28, 2011
Too many musical interludes, too much posing, and generally not enough meat in the sandwich.
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.
April 15, 2011
Spends 100 minutes dispensing painful examples of how infatuation turns people into idiots.
March 24, 2011
Alas, although Heartbeats is quite lovely to look at, there isn't much going on after all.
March 11, 2011
My main issue? Marie and Francis, for all their twenty-something familiarity and vulnerability, are as unlikable a pair of main characters as any I could have imagined.
February 25, 2011
"Heartbeats" looks good, and it has some funny dialogue. But there isn't enough to sustain the film's running time.
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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2011
The story feels tired, and the cyclical ending is about as surprising as the calorie count of a Cinnabon.
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.
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.
September 29, 2010
What Xavier Dolan's sophomore effort lacks is a true sense of purpose.