Buster's Mal Heart
Buster's Mal Heart (2017)

In this bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 28, 2017
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2017
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Julie Hinds
Detroit Free Press

Smith's eye for arresting images is as strong as Malek's gift for being both present in the moment and lost in his character's anxieties.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Smith's idiosyncratic style isn't going to please everyone, but she deserves top marks for bold ideas and storytelling.

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Indra Arriaga
Anchorage Press

The film straddles the line between absurdly comical and a building desperation that is tempered through compassion. At times it's hard to tell which way the film will go, and this in and of itself is a treat these days.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Whatever wavelength the quietly riveting Malek and the equally intriguing Sheil are on, they're on it together.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Happily, the weirdness is not for its own sake, and the story, while scrambled, is anything but incoherent.

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Anthony Ray Bench
Film Threat

Buster's Mal Heart is a magnificent film worthy of a Donnie Darko level cult following.

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Johanna Schneller
Globe and Mail

If you appreciate a writer/director and actor who swing for the fences and chase after big questions ... this has a dreamlike beauty that may catch you in its spell.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

It's a confident weirdness that "Buster's Mal Heart" boasts as it dissects a damaged soul for signs of what's eternal and what's triggered when a man breaks in two.

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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

a heady tragedy, elegantly shot (by Shaheen Seth), expertly edited (by Smith) and confidently mounted, with just enough loose threads to leave you wandering its circling corridors bleary-eyed long after the closing credits have finished rolling.

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