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German filmmaker Tom Tykwer helmed this feature, which was adapted from a screenplay co-authored by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski. Philippa (Cate Blanchett) is a British schoolteacher living in Italy, whose husband fell victim to a drug overdose, as have several of her students. Marco Vendice (Stefano Santospago) is a powerful local drug dealer who sold the dope which killed Philippa's husband, as well as a number of neighborhood teens. Disgusted with the inability of the police to bring Vendice to justice, Philippa takes the law into her own hands, planting a bomb which is intended to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If Heaven doesn't quite achieve the transcendent power that Kieslowski might have attained, it comes close."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"There's much to admire about Twyker's movie, even if it runs out of gas once it hits the road."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Casts a poetic, otherworldly romantic spell."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"while Franka Potente fans may keenly feel her absence in this film, the addition of the absolutely phenomenal Cate Blanchett more than balances the books."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"A very interesting film and, if you are a thinking person, it will haunt you for some time after you have seen it."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Its compelling mix of trial movie, escape movie and unexpected fable ensures the film never feels draggy."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Seems to have less to do with lived moral dilemmas than with the smug piety of its makers."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"The story itself holds a sense of stark reality and raw emotions mixed with a sense of flight and fantasy."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It was gutsy for Tykwer to finish the work of a genius. He's mostly successful."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Heaven, beguiling as it is...eventually glides into the borderlands of pure mumbo jumbo."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Heaven doesn't exactly reign on high, but it does make for a soul-searching experience."
‑ Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic
"A daunting task -- to realize the work of a dead master -- well done."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"For those who are open to a languorous meditation on love and justice, Heaven is a rewarding, if slightly labored, experience."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Blanchett is riveting."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"You live the mood rather than savour the story."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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