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Jim Sturgess (21, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) leads a hugely-talented ensemble cast in this sublime British psychological thriller from cult UK director Philip Ridley (THE REFLECTING SKIN, THE PASSION OF DARKLY NOON), who returns to the screen after a 14-year absence. The film follows Jamie Morgan (Sturgess), born with a disfiguring birthmark across his face, which leaves him an outcast in rough East London. While wandering abandoned yards taking photographs, he comes across a gang of thugs and soon discovers that they are something other than human. He then is led into a Faustian deal that will see… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A highly imaginative if often darkly disturbing work that even at its most seemingly outlandish remains intriguing and involving."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A moody, portentous tale of demons running amok on the streets of London."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"While ambitious, 'Heartless' derails in a big way, stacking the deck with weird moments intended to give it some kind of cult status, without considering that films specifically designed to be "cult" are rarely the ones that actually are."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
""Heartless" is a bit of a jumble, especially in its last third. But it's got a distinct tone, contrasting romance and even outright sentimentality with urban dread and a few nasty visuals."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"moralistic filmmaking so wrong-headed as to become mean-spirited"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
""Heartless" is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"With erratic success, Heartless tries a number of different veins.. but it's on firmest footing as a macabre comedy."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Earns points for combining two sub-genres (revenge and occult) into one surprisingly original tale of violence and redemption."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"an ambitious, disorienting film that plays fast and loose as much with its own generic identity (urban horror, social realism, morality drama, black comedy, psychothriller and fairytale allegory) as with its protagonist's meandering sense of reality."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"A shy, scarred photographer suspects that demons are behind the apparently senseless violence wracking his rundown London neighborhood in this ambitious horror-art movie hybrid."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Heartless isn't as dazzling as The Reflecting Skin but it's nice to hear from Ridley again after all these years."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Heartless is nothing if not imaginative. It's a visually bizarre update of the deal-with-the-devil "Faust" legend, with a range of amazing, hilarious, terrifying, and romantic images bashing up against one another in an eerily natural way."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"It's a wicked film with convincing nightmarish imagery, but there's no story here to cling to, making this abyss of torment rather easy to disregard."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
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