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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
In his feature debut, writer-director John Mangold brings remarkably sensitive powers of observation to bear upon ordinary people living ordinary lives.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Writer/director Mangold never compromises the integrity of his painfully-intense script. There isn't one crowd-pleasing moment in the entire movie, except perhaps the last scene, which offers a flicker of hope.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
You don't guess the true horror of the place, which is that there are no secrets, because everyone here knows all about everyone else, inside and out, top to bottom, and has for years.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

Mangold, who also wrote the script, has made a modern-day "Marty", a kitchen-sink drama that doesn't condescend to its characters.
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80

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
Heavy is the kind of deliberately slow-paced character study that allows carefully realized performances to shine.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Mangold's vision is bold. There is nothing cutesy or gimmicky about Heavy, which may be why something in its grimness recalls the work of Ingmar Bergman.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Written and directed with uncommon sensitivity by James Mangold, a strikingly talented newcomer.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Mangold's sympathy is genuine and his refusal to mock or condescend to his characters -- indeed, that may be the point of the film -- is a pleasure.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The movie demands to be watched and rewards that attention handsomely, though at times Heavy seems a little too introverted for its own good.
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63

TV Guide

This examination of unexamined lives is beautifully acted by all involved, notably former pop diva Deborah Harry, whose nuanced portrayal of a middle-aged tart is almost painful to watch.
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75 out of 100
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