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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Mangold's sympathy is genuine and his refusal to mock or condescend to his characters -- indeed, that may be the point of the film -- is a pleasure. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    You don't guess the true horror of the place, which is that there are no secrets, because everyone here knows all about everyone else, inside and out, top to bottom, and has for years. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Writer/director Mangold never compromises the integrity of his painfully-intense script. There isn't one crowd-pleasing moment in the entire movie, except perhaps the last scene, which offers a flicker of hope. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Mangold's vision is bold. There is nothing cutesy or gimmicky about Heavy, which may be why something in its grimness recalls the work of Ingmar Bergman. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    This examination of unexamined lives is beautifully acted by all involved, notably former pop diva Deborah Harry, whose nuanced portrayal of a middle-aged tart is almost painful to watch. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The movie demands to be watched and rewards that attention handsomely, though at times Heavy seems a little too introverted for its own good. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

    Mangold, who also wrote the script, has made a modern-day "Marty", a kitchen-sink drama that doesn't condescend to its characters. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Written and directed with uncommon sensitivity by James Mangold, a strikingly talented newcomer. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    In his feature debut, writer-director John Mangold brings remarkably sensitive powers of observation to bear upon ordinary people living ordinary lives. show more

  • 80
    Keith Phipps The A.V. Club

    Heavy is the kind of deliberately slow-paced character study that allows carefully realized performances to shine. show more

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