The Good Heart Synopsis
An ailing bartender (Brian Cox) and his sullen protege (Paul Dano) vie for a woman's affection.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The Big Apple of this evanescent tone poem is an invented nocturnal landscape featuring speechifying eccentrics and absurdist moments that...
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By Michelle Orange
Kári relies too heavily on the fleeting rewards of situation for the film to come together as an involving story.
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
One of the least likable characters (Cox) in recent memory--irascible, but with moments of real tenderness--he’s the reason this strange...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The movie begins to wear out its welcome even before a conclusion of breathtaking corniness.
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By Ian Buckwalter
The movie's two bright spots are Cox and Dano, who perform excellently despite the dull inevitabilities the script forces on them.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Dagur Kari both wrote and directed, so he has no one else to blame for so little originality. Neither does his hard-working cast, all of...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
As robust and clever an actor as Cox is, he can't make Jacques any less of a blowhard; Kari's wit simply doesn't come through in English,...
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Boston Globe

Cox doesn’t so much chew the scenery as inhale it. Dano looks on in awe.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The actors cast themselves adrift on the sinking vessel of this story and go down with the ship.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a strange thing, this type of whimsy. Kari offers us ideas in place of characters, and yet he expects us to see through these ideas to...
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Five Word Review

By patpaulas
must see movie great story...

Great movie, until

By precisely500
Seriously great acting, great scenes, amazing cast, scenery was unbelievable and the story was beautiful. I am, however annoyed with the ending and thinking about it upsets me even more. Was it...

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Rated R | For language and a disturbing image