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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film offers something unusual, a tragic spectacle of normal, recognizable and utterly sympathetic people condemning themselves. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Laurent Cantet's fascinating, troubling drama has many meanings. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Boasts another formidable and fine-tuned performance from the great Charlotte Rampling. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Among the creepiest adult monologues you'll hear in a regular theater this year comes from Karen Young in Heading South, a well-acted but misguided tale of displaced sexual longing on the beaches of Baby Doc Duvalier's 1970s Haiti. show more

  • 60
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Cantet keeps a lid on a story that he could have easily exploited, but he makes his points about beauty, fulfillment, self-indulgence and delusion with a measured hand. show more

  • 88
    New York Post

    The movie itself is a powerful cocktail of not just sex and love but race, poverty, colonialism and jealousy. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Director Laurent Cantet's fourth feature abandons the contentious French workplaces of "Human Resources" and "Time Out" for sunnier climes, but this Haitian idyll is an equally excoriating look at labor and exploitation. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The racial and sexual politics of Heading South may trouble some audiences; Cantet is definitely not a moralist in the usual sense. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Cantet does something that educated, upscale audiences may find exasperating in the extreme: He takes a tinderbox of racial and sexual exploitation, pours gasoline all over it, and refuses to light the match. show more

  • 100
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    Cantet weaves a dark, disturbing story of hedonism, casual racism and the lethal consequences of self-indulgence in his superb drama Heading South. show more

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