Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur)
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HEARTBREAKER is an action-packed romantic comedy pairing two of France's biggest young stars: Romain Duris (THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED, PARIS) and actress/singer Vanessa Paradis (GIRL ON THE BRIDGE). A smash hit in France, the film was also featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. Charming, funny and effortlessly cool, Alex (Duris) is a professional heartbreaker who for a fee can turn any husband, fiance or boyfriend into an ex. Alex has one ironclad rule: He only breaks up couples where the woman is unhappy. His latest job will put that rule to the test. The target is Juliette, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It sparkles like champagne. It's not the good stuff, but it'll do the trick."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Alas, it turns out to be just as bad as any routine French romantic comedy -- illogical, inconsistent and sloppily written, a charmless, tasteless, witless waste of time."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"To fully appreciate the pleasures of Pascal Chaumeil's debut feature, Heartbreaker, it helps to know-and love-Dirty Dancing."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"A romantic comedy with a decidedly French twist ... There's bound to be a Hollywood remake, but you can be sure it won't have anything like the same élan."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"A romantic comedy that is charming and light as a souffle."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"It has neither a cynic's conviction nor idealist's perseverance, and its ideas about what a woman wants seem cribbed from bad paperback fiction."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The travelogue component of Heartbreaker is its best selling point."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Like "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days," only funnier, fresher. And French."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"In being farcical instead of cute, Heartbreaker reveals itself as a welcome treat. It leaves you knowingly happy."
‑ Craig Mathieson, sbs.com.au
"A light and fluffy internationalised French rom-com, stripped of any quirkiness and with little heat generated between Vanessa Paradis and Roman Duris as romantic leads."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Chaumeil's comedy cum scenery -- mainly Monte Carlo -- gives the mercurial Romain Duris a chance to show his chops as an homme fatal."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Yes, Heartbreaker is diverting, intermittently charming and occasionally funny, but it is also a jumble of jammed-together notions."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"This is fun, frothy screwball stuff that won't demand much more cerebral participation than reading the subtitles. But, like Duris, it should charm your pants off."
‑ Rebecca Barry, Flicks.co.nz
"While it opens with a promising start, this quickly becomes a vacuous and formulaic romantic comedy."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"At its core, the film fails to convince us"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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