Heartbreak Hospital
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Heartbreak Hospital
Neely (Chelsea Altman) is a struggling actress living in New York. Her Mexican boyfriend, Tonio (Demian Bechir), is a cook who's trying to sell his own line of pasta sauces. Lottie (Patricia Clarkson), her eccentric neighbor, is obsessed with a soap opera, "Heartbreak Hospital." Frustrated with her inability to get work, Neely accepts Tonio's proposal of marriage, and plans to honeymoon with him in Mexico. On their way to the airport, she stops to say goodbye to her acting teacher, who tells her about an audition for the soap. To Tonio's chagrin, she gives it a shot.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Other than a mildly engaging central romance, Hospital is sickly entertainment at best and mind-destroying cinematic pollution at worst."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"It's quite diverting nonsense."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The leads we are given here are simply too bland to be interesting."
‑ Edward Havens, FilmJerk.com
"The film's tone and pacing are off almost from the get-go."
‑ Jean Oppenheimer, New Times
"Dodgy mixture of cutesy romance, dark satire and murder mystery."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A dreary indulgence."
‑ Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
"An excruciating demonstration of the unsalvageability of a movie saddled with an amateurish screenplay."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Unfortunately, Heartbreak Hospital wants to convey the same kind of haughtiness in its own sketchy material but this territory has already been explored previously with better aplomb and sardonic wit."
‑ Frank Ochieng, TheWorldJournal.com
"You've already seen Heartbreak if you've watched the far superior Nurse Betty or Sunset Boulevard. Even the unwatchable Soapdish is more original."
‑ Michael Phillips, Citysearch
"A deliberative account of a lifestyle characterized by its surface-obsession - one that typifies the delirium of post, pre, and extant stardom."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"The director, with his fake backdrops and stately pacing, never settles on a consistent tone."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Sluggish, tonally uneven."
‑ Laura Rothstein, Village Voice
"This derivative flick cops too much from much-better films like Tootsie, Nurse Betty and Soapdish."
‑ , E! Online
"Desperately unfunny when it tries to makes us laugh and desperately unsuspenseful when it tries to make us jump out of our seats."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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