The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

Seven-year-old Jeremiah lived a calm, comfortable life in the care of a loving foster home until the day his young mother Sarah came to take him back. Jeremiah is thrust against his will into his mother's reckless life of turmoil and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 8, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The film aims to shock, but there is no higher reason for the parade of sordid images except to be "cool."

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Reeks of a project desperate for edgy credibility.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Vile beyond redemption.

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Rob Gonsalves

Marks [Asia Argento] as a far more adventurous and even risk-addicted filmmaker than her famous father Dario.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Argento's film is arguably exploitative, but its real-life horrors are effectively authentic.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles 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.

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Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine

[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

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Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle

Now the fabricated story of a boyhood that included abandonment, rape and near constant fear and humiliation is a movie. The result is unwatchable.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Asia Argento presents a bleak, disturbing and horrific film. Argento refuses to undermine the story by offering no final solution. The films main purpose is to… More
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Nicki Marie
This movie was excellent - extremely disturbing and certainly wouldn't be to everyone's taste. Jimmy Bennett is excellent as a little boy in foster… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Movies I never want to see again. An hour and forty minutes of a child being abused by his drug addicted mother. It's just very sad and a little scary if… More
Dean McKenna
Really strange and awuflly true story of a poor innocent little boy's life turned hell while he spent with his drug-addicted hooker mother. I felt so sorry… More
William Goss
Depiction of child neglect is exceedingly unpleasant and downright petty.