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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Reviews

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December 1, 2004
The opposite of accomplished filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: .5/5
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 9, 2006
A degraded and degrading film, of interest only because it's symptomatic of so much that's wrong with the drearily repetitive tabloid mentality that has infected not just the news media, but the whole culture industry.
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
March 9, 2006
Ultimately sabotaged by Argento's own deliriously uncontrollable hysterics.
| Original Score: 3/5
March 9, 2006
Viewer discretion is advised, if only because it's well-nigh unwatchable.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
March 6, 2006
Argento doesn't translate Leroy's novel into the visual language of film, or at least she doesn't conjure up the same feeling the book does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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-
March 9, 2006
This film's heart is not deceitful, merely obvious and overbearing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 10, 2006
This is an execrable movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 10, 2006
Watchable in a train-wreck kind of way, but you'll probably want to take a shower afterwards.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 10, 2006
Stripped of all its lurid backstory, the fictional tale is revealed onscreen to be a mere catalog of horrors, an ugly grafting together of Dickens and America's Most Wanted.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
March 24, 2006
Vile beyond redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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
December 1, 2004
Argento might one day make a good film - this certainly isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 18, 2006
At best, this film raises an all-too-relevant question: Are true-life stories interesting because they're true? Or because they're interesting? At worst, it raises a different question: What if they're neither true nor interesting?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 12, 2005
An overwrought and underwhelming study of childhood abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2006
The drug- and punk rock-milieu and cinematic technique of this film further debase what was low to begin with.
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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