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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Reviews

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
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
Vile beyond redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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
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
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
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 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
This is an execrable movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 9, 2006
Viewer discretion is advised, if only because it's well-nigh unwatchable.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
March 9, 2006
This film's heart is not deceitful, merely obvious and overbearing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 9, 2006
The emotionless, overwrought movie's lack of psychological depth or dramatic verisimilitude makes the boy's grim odyssey a curiously remote and unshocking horror show.
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.
March 8, 2006
Argento's entire performance is an act of exhibitionism, and so is the movie, which would have done well to drop that cynical and verbose title and substitute something catchier.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
March 6, 2006
A dutiful course in degradation, complete with a roster of villains as well established as those of any soap opera.