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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Reviews

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 13, 2006
Reeks of a project desperate for edgy credibility.
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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
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Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 24, 2006
Vile beyond redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 10, 2006
Watchable in a train-wreck kind of way, but you'll probably want to take a shower afterwards.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 10, 2006
This is an execrable movie.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 9, 2006
Viewer discretion is advised, if only because it's well-nigh unwatchable.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 9, 2006
This film's heart is not deceitful, merely obvious and overbearing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Rooney
Variety
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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 6, 2006
A dutiful course in degradation, complete with a roster of villains as well established as those of any soap opera.