The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Actress and filmmaker Asia Argento directed this faithful screen adaptation of the fictional J.T. Leroy's fictional memoir, which documents a boy's truly harrowing road to adulthood. Jeremiah (Jimmy Bennett) is the seven-year-old son of Sarah (Asia Argento), an unstable and unwed mother who abandoned her son and left him to be raised by foster parents. Jeremiah has come to love his guardians, and is devastated when Sarah arrives at their doorstep, demanding her child back. Threatening Jeremiah with torture if he tries to run away, Sarah introduces her young son to drugs and encourages… More
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"Reeks of a project desperate for edgy credibility."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Vile beyond redemption."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Marks [Asia Argento] as a far more adventurous and even risk-addicted filmmaker than her famous father Dario."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"To appreciate or even tolerate the film, you must separate yourself from the characters and the material. What's unfortunate is that the movie is too well made to let you do just that."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Trying a bit too hard to be a modern cult classic, but it's clear that Argento's heart is in the right place."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Argento's film is arguably exploitative, but its real-life horrors are effectively authentic."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It's a taxing bit of exploitation, which, although you're glad to know it's a work of fiction, doesn't exactly make a case for itself as art."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"[The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things] has a deceptively desultory structure where no moral system or 'new daddy' seems to hold much water upon introduction, but each accumulates ideas which make an atavistic reappearance at the most inopportune of tim"
‑ Sky Hirschkron, Stylus Magazine
"... shapeless, excessively lurid and often unpleasant, with Argento shamelessly vamping the white-trash junkie mother and truck-stop hooker."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"I don't know if the movie follows the book closely, but if it does, you kind of have to wonder how Leroy or Albert or whoever it was made such a splash in the first place."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Now the fabricated story of a boyhood that included abandonment, rape and near constant fear and humiliation is a movie. The result is unwatchable."
‑ Tamara Straus, San Francisco Chronicle
"There is no redemption, no surcease, and as the film ends the barbarity continues. This film made me intensely uncomfortable, but that was its intention."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The subject matter might be quite disturbing to some, but for those who don't mind a little child-rape with their crack-smoking, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things is well worth a look."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Buzzine Magazine
"JT LeRoy may be a scam, but Argento's scalding treatment of adults behaving badly is as real as cold French fries in a West Virginia truck stop."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"[H]as a sucker-punch power more potent that what most movies specifically designed as 'horror' can muster..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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