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February 12, 2018
A flat plot description would make "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" sound like one of the most harrowing films ever made. However, Argento presents it with a lyricism that makes its horrors bearable.
November 9, 2008
Marks [Asia Argento] as a far more adventurous and even risk-addicted filmmaker than her famous father Dario.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 6, 2006
[The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things] has a deceptively desultory structure where no moral system or 'new daddy' seems to hold much water upon introduction, but each accumulates ideas which make an atavistic reappearance at the most inopportune of tim
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 12, 2006
The subject matter might be quite disturbing to some, but for those who don't mind a little child-rape with their crack-smoking, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things is well worth a look.
May 25, 2006
To appreciate or even tolerate the film, you must separate yourself from the characters and the material. What's unfortunate is that the movie is too well made to let you do just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2006
Reeks of a project desperate for edgy credibility.
April 7, 2006
Argento's film is arguably exploitative, but its real-life horrors are effectively authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 6, 2006
... shapeless, excessively lurid and often unpleasant, with Argento shamelessly vamping the white-trash junkie mother and truck-stop hooker.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 3, 2006
JT LeRoy may be a scam, but Argento's scalding treatment of adults behaving badly is as real as cold French fries in a West Virginia truck stop.
| Original Score: 7/10
March 28, 2006
We see the horrors of Jeremiah's life, but there's no opportunity to connect with the character; it's just a litany of abuse with no meaning and no redemption.
March 25, 2006
Trying a bit too hard to be a modern cult classic, but it's clear that Argento's heart is in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2006
Now the fabricated story of a boyhood that included abandonment, rape and near constant fear and humiliation is a movie. The result is unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 24, 2006
I don't know if the movie follows the book closely, but if it does, you kind of have to wonder how Leroy or Albert or whoever it was made such a splash in the first place.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 24, 2006
Vile beyond redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
March 23, 2006
[H]as a sucker-punch power more potent that what most movies specifically designed as 'horror' can muster...
March 23, 2006
[Argento's] fast-moving, devil-may-care filmmaking keeps The Heart Is Deceitful dangling just above its relentlessly harrowing subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2006
The story conveys so much emotion that I found myself wanting to yell at the screen, "Leave that boy alone!"
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 20, 2006
Argento has made a ferocious film including her own committed performance, but like her character, she loses control in the final goings.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 18, 2006
There is no redemption, no surcease, and as the film ends the barbarity continues. This film made me intensely uncomfortable, but that was its intention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2006
It's a taxing bit of exploitation, which, although you're glad to know it's a work of fiction, doesn't exactly make a case for itself as art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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