The Good Heart
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Jacques is the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar that serves as home to a motley assortment of professional drinkers. Jacques is determinedly drinking and smoking himself to death when he meets Lucas, a homeless young man who has already given up on life. In the hopes of keeping his legacy alive, Jacques deems Lucas is a fitting heir and takes him under his wing, schooling him in the male-centric laws of his alcoholic clubhouse: no new customers, no fraternizing with customers and, absolutely no women. Lucas is a quick study, but their friendship is put to the test when the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie's two bright spots are Cox and Dano, who perform excellently despite the dull inevitabilities the script forces on them."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"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 the real-life conditions they represent -- and then to respond to them in kind."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The relationship of the characters played by Cox and Dano, more innocent than the dynamic the two actors explored nine years ago in L.I.E., makes for an eccentric buddy-film gone right."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Icelandic writer/director Dagur Kári embraces the deadpan, absurdist comedy of Finland's Aki Kaurismäki and Norway's Bent Hamer, but in place of the usual laconic antihero, he offers Cox's bellowing, Beethoven-maned troglodyte."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Moves unstoppably toward frustration."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Cox doesn't so much chew the scenery as inhale it. Dano looks on in awe. Who can blame him? For that matter, who can blame Cox?"
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Cox makes his reanimation a believable, joyful change of heart, rather than a labored bit of plot manipulation. He seems ennobled, not merely sentimentalized."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came. The bar in "The Good Heart" is emphatically not that place."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Too sentimental for art house crowds and too dirty for multiplex folk, The Good Heart is a movie without an audience about characters that never feel like they really exist."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"A hangover toast to an old New York with original wood paneling, cassette tapes and indoor smoking"
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"This odd couple never moves beyond oddness and the lower-depths shenanigans grate."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"But the film has no grasp of reality. And, worse, it has no feel for poetry, settling for pat contrasts between the two men, and taking its cardiac imagery to an absurd and literal conclusion."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Welcome to New York City Skid Row by way of Reykjavik, Iceland. In the Paris-born, Iceland-raised Dagur Kari's "The Good Heart," you will find a New York City unlike any other."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"You know those movies where two very different people meet, and you're so intrigued by both of them that you hope they'll form an unlikely friendship? Well, The Good Heart isn't one of them."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"To a certain extent it's fun to watch Cox and Dano do their duet, but there's no depth to the lyrics."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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