Critic Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and unsettling, Heartless marks a mostly satisfying return to genre thrills for writer-director Philip Ridley.
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Critic Reviews for Heartless
A highly imaginative if often darkly disturbing work that even at its most seemingly outlandish remains intriguing and involving.
an ambitious, disorienting film that plays fast and loose as much with its own generic identity (urban horror, social realism, morality drama, black comedy, psychothriller and fairytale allegory) as with its protagonist's meandering sense of reality.
"Heartless" is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work.
It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style.
A moody, portentous tale of demons running amok on the streets of London.
Audience Reviews for Heartless
The first 2/3'rds of this movie was very interesting, different, and unusually intriguing. After that, however, it took a nose dive into "huh?". I wasn't at all getting where they decided to take the story..what happened, why it happened, or what any of it meant. Too bad....
A British thriller about a young man who has a birthmark across his face and body, everyone stares at him as shun's him no matter what he does or where he goes, father dead passing on the hobby of Photography to him. While out shooting pictures he stumbles across so deamon like creachters. We would also do anything to be loved by a beautiful girl. Doing anything means making a pact with the devil, the pact is he must kill someone once a month or face the consequecis. Pretty good thriller, 3 1/2 stars
Heartless is the B-Movie Arthouse film that takes on a unique interpretation to one's sense of reality with bizarre details both in production design and the protagonist's outlook. This imaginative script has the potential to go more deeply in to it's essence of darker urban horror and psychological feats. But nonetheless, it's a good watch of a thriller that nowadays are lacking.
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