Lonely Hearts
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Todd Robinson's Lonely Hearts features John Travolta and James Gandolfini as Elmer C. Robinson and Charles Hildebrandt, a pair of homicide detectives who are on the trail of lovers on a crime spree. The evil duo of Ray Fernandez (Jared Leto) and Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) take advantage of elderly widows, stealing as much money as they can after gaining the victim's confidence, and then murdering their mark. Robinson becomes drawn into the case too deeply in order to help him confront his feelings, as his wife has recently killed herself. The story is based on the real life "Lonely… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"There is some strong work here, but too many misfires."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"When Hayek and Leto are onscreen, you do not look away."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This is the version that's easily forgettable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Noir-ish murder tale is far too dark for kids."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Hayek's alluring temptress persona reinvents Beck's obese nag as a sexed up femme fatale, in an exceedingly odd way trumping Leto's wimpy, henpecked unconvincing womanizer."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"The story of Fernandez and Beck may be grotesque comedy, but Todd Robinson tells it straight, without flinching from its piteousness, horror, or banality."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"It's with the focus on the police, though, that the script fails to truly connect."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Leto's layered performance as the nattily dressing dandy with no remorse is truly impressive."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"A good, not great, movie that benefits from nice period detail and some strong performances (especially Hayek and Leto), even if the real-life Beck was a heavyset, homely mess not anywhere near as attractive as Hayek."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"A consistently entertaining and occasionally gut-wrenching tale that deserves at least some measure of notice."
‑ Scott Collura, IGN Movies
"Where's James Ellroy when you need him?"
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A rather plodding movie."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Un buen ejemplo de cine negro, género fuera de moda que aún conserva su encanto."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Except for the fact that innocent lives are lost here, it would be easy to walk away from Lonely Hearts saying "so what?"."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"The only juice in Lonely Hearts comes from the thousands of volts shooting through the electric chair in which Martha and Ray are executed in back-to-back scenes that are disturbingly detailed and drawn out."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
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