Question humaine, La, (Heartbeat Detector)
Question humaine, La, (Heartbeat Detector) (2007)

As a Parisian petrochemical company forges on into the 21st century, the in-house human resources psychologist leads a probe that proves the ghosts of the previous century still hold sway over current events in director Nicolas Klotz's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gripping and provocative psychological thriller about corporate responsibility remains tense throughout and despite its long running time.

Andrew O'Hehir

Heartbeat Detector works on so many levels at once that its power is difficult to capture.

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Jan Stuart

Heartbeat Detector earns its points, arriving at a potent conclusion with a stealth and meticulousness that knocks the wind out of you.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Cold and intellectual philosophical exposé of how European capitalism developed out of fascism through a mystery story of "corporate soldiers" intrigue.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

As driven by linguistics and euphemism as this film is, it's also a slippery and wonderfully acted drama%u2014Michael Clayton with a far more troubling moral landscape.

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Scott Foundas
Village Voice

Klotz walks a perilous tightrope between profundity and pretension without ever tipping into the chasm.

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Steve Rose

There's no killer revelation, just a graceful telescoping of past into present and a steadily accumulating dread.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Though it is in part a stinging commentary on the soullessness of the corporate suit, Nicolas Klotz's film is extremely slow to get on track.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York

Where Michael Clayton assumed the viewers' utter naïveté regarding corporate malfeasance, Heartbeat Detector's corrosive look at business culture rests on too overdetermined -- and at times outlandish -- a premise.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

At just under two-and-a-half hours, the movie is a horrible bore.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Heartbeat Detector," Simon Kessler(Mathieu Amalric) is a psychologist working for a French subsidiary of a German company… More