The Good Heart
The Good Heart (2010)

Jacques is the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar that serves as home to a motley assortment of professional drinkers. Jacques is determinedly drinking and smoking himself to death when he meets Lucas, a homeless young man who… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 30, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ian Buckwalter

The movie's two bright spots are Cox and Dano, who perform excellently despite the dull inevitabilities the script forces on them.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a strange thing, this type of whimsy. Kari offers us ideas in place of characters, and yet he expects us to see through these ideas to the real-life conditions they represent -- and then to respond to them in kind.

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

The relationship of the characters played by Cox and Dano, more innocent than the dynamic the two actors explored nine years ago in L.I.E., makes for an eccentric buddy-film gone right.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Cox doesn't so much chew the scenery as inhale it. Dano looks on in awe. Who can blame him? For that matter, who can blame Cox?

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cox makes his reanimation a believable, joyful change of heart, rather than a labored bit of plot manipulation. He seems ennobled, not merely sentimentalized.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came. The bar in "The Good Heart" is emphatically not that place.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

This odd couple never moves beyond oddness and the lower-depths shenanigans grate.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

But the film has no grasp of reality. And, worse, it has no feel for poetry, settling for pat contrasts between the two men, and taking its cardiac imagery to an absurd and literal conclusion.

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

Welcome to New York City Skid Row by way of Reykjavik, Iceland. In the Paris-born, Iceland-raised Dagur Kari's "The Good Heart," you will find a New York City unlike any other.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Cast: Brian Cox, Paul Dano, Stephanie Szostak, Damian Young, Isild Le Besco, Clark Middleton, Edmund Lyndeck, Susan Blommaert, Bill Buell, Nicolas Bro, Michael… More
Jesse Ortega
If there's a reason I liked this film, it's because of Brian Cox and Paul Dano who, as always, deliver their absolute best. The problem lies in the… More
Jake ....
One interesting thing about The Good Heart is that from the style and tone it seems like there should be depth and subtlety to the film, when in reality it is… More
Christopher Haskell
Frustrating and poignant, heartbreaking and beautiful, "The Good Heart" relies heavily on its cast to bring to life the less than amiable nature of… More
Walter M.
In "The Good Heart," Jacques(Brian Cox), the owner of a dive bar, suffers his fifth heart attack brought on by listening to a self-help tape. His… More