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March 28, 2003
There is no doubting the heart-rending impact of the story. But because it is made clear from the start that there is no chance of an uplifting ending, viewers may grow restless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2003
Earnest performances tailored to the genre's pseudo-documentary style are a plus, however the unremitting overall bleakness drags us down.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 27, 2003
Bier has seized on the freedom and spontaneity made possible by the Dogme program, without taking onboard the movement's snooty arrogance toward the mainstream.
March 1, 2003
A startlingly real film that packs remarkable emotional power, and gives a glimpse of the kind of genuine human depth that the Dogme decree was meant to tap into.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 21, 2003
A story of love, pain, betrayal and forgiveness that is absolutely compelling, from first moment to last.
March 28, 2003
What Open Hearts does best is capture the raw, frank essence of hurt.
March 19, 2003
Biers crafts her familiar story with equal doses of austerity and sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2003
Director Susanne Bier and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen draw attention away from the famous Dogme gimmick... and pull us into a surprisingly powerful emotional snafu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 3, 2003
A movie that doesn't have much hefty probative value in the traditional American sense, yet the combination of sharp characterizations, thoughtful construction and tender performances make it something special, a movie to behold as well as feel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 9, 2003
A powerfully moving drama that's well worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 21, 2003
This feels so real that it takes our breath away -- it's moving, profoundly involving and deeply meaningful.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 21, 2003
Open Hearts is a poignant and well-acted Danish drama that explores the idea that the strangers we meet can alter our lives in ways beyond our wildest imagining.It hits the mark with its many layered depiction of love and loss.
February 28, 2003
Written and acted with intelligence, sensitivity, and insight
March 6, 2003
... benefits from the best qualities of Dogme... while avoiding the movement's tendency to dwell on the worst impulses of human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 8, 2003
the best Dogme film to date
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 25, 2003
Simply deliciously top-heavy with pain, bitterness, release, and fervor --- and pregnant with unabashed authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2003
the ardent, unguarded performances that drive Open Hearts...have a resonant accumulative tone of authentic poignancy that drowns out the picture's shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 19, 2003
However schematic, the movie percolates with immediacy and genuine warmth.
February 20, 2003
Until the end, when it begins to go soft, the movie takes two strands of soap opera convention -- a life-changing accident and an adulterous affair -- and spins their suds into gold.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2003
A powerful, well-acted drama exploring the impact of a catastrophic automobile accident on several lives.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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