Ghosts of the Heartland
Ghosts of the Heartland (2007)

A big-city reporter returns to his quiet hometown in hopes of penning the story that will win him a Pulitzer, only to discover that his old nemesis, a McCarthyite thug, rules the town with an iron fist. The year is 1952: paranoia is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 3, 2007
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Except for Santoro, the acting and the movie itself lack much of a sense of urgency. But it gets the look right on a microscopic budget, and its heart is in the right place.

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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

Blumberg's point is that racism was/is bad -- hard to argue with that. It's equally hard to argue that the classic noirs would've been better off had they taken frequent time-outs for lectures on racial justice.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Might have been more effective with a little more honey and a lot less vinegar.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Despite some forgivably mediocre performances,...[it's] a visually stylish noir film that's often intriguing, suspenseful and provocative.

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Karina Longworth
Time Out New York

The ambience may be right, but the film lacks what makes actual midcentury middle-American noir so effective: subtext.

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