The Heart of Me
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Upper crust England before, during, and after WWII provides the backdrop for THE HEART OF ME, a richly emotional drama about the seductive -- and destructive -- nature of passion. A classic romantic triangle, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams as sisters Dinah and Madeleine, and Paul Bettany as Rickie, Madeleine's husband, who finds himself drawn to his darkly beautiful, bohemian sister-in-law. Torn between two women, one who always plays by the rules and one who always breaks them, Rickie risks everything by falling into a clandestine affair with Dinah. What follows… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"O'Sullivan is not a director of great visual flamboyance, but he draws out here performances of subtle and complex shading."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A little, heartbreaking gem."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Percolates with neurotic insecurity, painful deceit, busted opportunity, and pervasive regret, but the movie never capsizes under its own weight."
‑ Kevin Devine, PopMatters
"Under the several layers of stuffed shirts that this film seems to wear beats the heart of an old-fashioned, tearjerking romantic drama."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"By a certain point The Heart of Me becomes pointlessly depressing and unlikable without offering insight."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"A well-acted but bloodless drama."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Terribly tragic, terribly romantic and, ultimately, terribly, terribly dull."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Like its characters, takes far too long to show its heart."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Dull and unmoving."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A powerful, authentic, and deeply emotional period piece that clearly communicates that very special affinity between sisters."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"While far from the gold standard of The Remains of the Day, it presses all the appropriate buttons."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The film is a soapy melodrama set from about 1936 to 1946 and done with style."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Three stars, for a trio of quality lead performances that survive the relentless card-shuffling of the plot -- and because Ricky Masters is just a great name any way you slice it."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Its unwieldy structure, which pops back and forth between the 1930s and '40s, makes the movie choppy for no good reason."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A Fannie Hurst-style weepie dressed up in Masterpiece Theatre trappings...a drab and listless affair."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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