Heartbeats Reviews

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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 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.
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.
March 30, 2011
While light on plot, this beautifully crafted film captures the emotional plight of its three young protagonists with insight and immediacy.
March 24, 2011
Alas, although Heartbeats is quite lovely to look at, there isn't much going on after all.
March 17, 2011
"Heartbeats" charts its own course.
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.
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.
March 11, 2011
A French-Canadian "Jules and Jim," the lamely retitled "Heartbeats" ("Les Amours Imaginaires") is an impressive second feature from 21-year-old Canadian wonderboy Xavier Dolan.
March 10, 2011
All the dramatic protraction gets at both a heaviness of romantic desire and emotional viscosity.
March 10, 2011
A palate cleanser of a movie: unfrenetic, reflective, even melancholy.
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.
Top Critic
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.
February 28, 2011
Dolan may not have quite developed his own voice yet, but he certainly knows how to crib from the best and the film features a dazzling array of style that's bold and truly communicates the film's adolescent emotions.
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