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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
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
Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine
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+
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
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.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
May 6, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 7, 2006
Argento's film is arguably exploitative, but its real-life horrors are effectively authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
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

Empire Magazine
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 23, 2006
[H]as a sucker-punch power more potent that what most movies specifically designed as 'horror' can muster...
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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-
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
March 11, 2006
The film is as captivating as it is perverse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
March 10, 2006
Argento seems to have been in on the JT LeRoy scam, but it doesn't much matter -- she's captured the underbelly of trucker culture quite nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 8, 2006
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things has a daring that's hard to dismiss, even when it only amounts to Argento shamelessly getting off on human rot.
| Original Score: B-
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
March 7, 2006
If Deceitful is authentic at all, it's in revealing Asia Argento as the mirror opposite of JT LeRoy. One of these characters is a real artist -- or at least a true believer in the cathartic power of autobiography.
Harvey S. Karten
January 10, 2006
A stylistic take from a boy's point of view, focusing on his mom and her macho boyfriends.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
July 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 5, 2005
Artful and stylish, Argento's acting and filmmaking are edgy, authentic and rather nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Sobczynski
April 2, 2005
Spiked with moments of true brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
April 1, 2005
Asia Argento leaps from the petulant nihilism of Scarlet Diva to something much more cohesive and enjoyable.
Greg Bellavia
Film Threat
December 1, 2004
If, however, you are willing to take a dark ride you will be rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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