Lonely Hearts (2006)



Critic Consensus: Several genres and plotlines intertwine in Lonely Hearts but don't connect, creating an uneven and unsatisfying film.

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"Lonely Hearts" retells the real life murder spree of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez and its connection to the tragic story of Detective Elmer C. Robinson, who helped capture the killers, but lost his wife in the process. Robinson was a Nassau County detective, whose work was everything to him, to the exclusion of his family during the 1940s and 50s. As he worked long hours on this infamous case, his wife began a downward spiral which ultimately would take her life.
R (for strong violence and sexual content, nudity and language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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John Travolta
as Elmer C. Robinson
James Gandolfini
as Charles Hildebrandt
Jared Leto
as Ray Fernandez
Salma Hayek
as Martha Beck
Scott Caan
as Det. Reilly
Laura Dern
as Rene Fodie
Michael Gaston
as D.A. Hunt
Dan Byrd
as Eddie Robinson
Andrew Wheeler
as Det. Tooley
Alice Krige
as Janet Long
John Doman
as Chief MacSwain
Dagmara Dominczyk
as Delphine Downing
Bailee Madison
as Rainelle Downing
Jason Gray-Stanford
as Officer Chetnick
Sam Travolta
as Foreman
James Martin Roberts
as Young Black Man
Kristian Truelsen
as Bank Manager
Christa Campbell
as Sara Long
Marc Macaulay
as Warden Broady
Todd Terry
as Thief
Steven Maye
as Michigan Cop
Steve Maye
as Michigan Cop
Shannon Murphy
as Patty Forsythe
Nick Loren
as Det. January
Jonathan Rau
as Uniformed Cop
Karl Anthony
as Hotel Clerk
Valerie Grant
as Mrs. Clayman
Matt Huffman
as Mrs. Clayman's Son
Arian Waring Ash
as Marian Duff
Gerald Owens
as Postmaster
Petrus Antonius
as Landlord
Jeff Farley
as Minister
Lauren Leech
as Teenage Girl
Allison McKay
as Mrs. Paterson
Jack Swanson
as Fruit Stand Attendant
Bill Kelley
as Rene's Father
Heather Dawn
as MacSwain's Secretary
Margaret Travolta
as Mineola Female Dispatcher
Rachel Reynolds
as Airplane Passenger
Caroline Ross
as Prison Matron
Traci Robinson
as Prison Matron
Tom Chapman
as Framer
Allen Walls
as Featured Dancer
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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (17)

There is some strong work here, but too many misfires.

April 23, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The story of Fernandez and Beck may be grotesque comedy, but Todd Robinson tells it straight, without flinching from its piteousness, horror, or banality.

April 16, 2007
New Yorker
Top Critic

Where's James Ellroy when you need him?

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

When Hayek and Leto are onscreen, you do not look away.

April 13, 2007
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's with the focus on the police, though, that the script fails to truly connect.

April 13, 2007
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A rather plodding movie.

April 13, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lonely Hearts

Surprisingly good little crime thriller. The setting is a very realistic recreation of the late fourties. Salma is gorgeous, and magniciently evil. The rest of the cast is really good across the board...even Travolta. I really wasn't expecting too much from this movie, but I was really amazed at the quality. Some rather intense brutality scenes, also.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


this was a phenomenal film. total sleeper because i hadnt heard anything about it, i just rented it based on the cast, and it was better than expected. much better. one of the best films of this year so far, the entire cast really delivered. the film was written well and i loved gandolfini's narrative. salma heyak was top notch and the film was engaging but incredibly haunting and sad at the same time. worth a watch.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer


A decent crime drama based on a true story of a murdering couple in the 1940's and 50's. It has an exceptional cast, but wonders between crime drama and the sub stories a bit too much. A slow paced film without a lot of action. ok but could have been a lot better.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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