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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    And you thought Hamlet was a melancholy Dane. Compared with this gloomy group, he's Pee Wee Herman. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Straightforward in form but surprisingly intricate. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Bier knows what she's doing, and the performances are expert and affecting. But this meditation on love -- and love's bad timing -- is also improbably accommodating to its characters' respective longings. show more

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    An emotionally honest character piece that avoids moralizing or offering soggy excuses. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It is as emotionally raw and wrenching as life itself. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Open Hearts, like all good melodramas, is ruthless in its insistence that people are dragged, uncomprehending, in the wake of events. show more

  • 75
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    It's a soaper with a high grade of imported soap. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Less Spartan than some films shot under the Dogma "vow of chastity" (there's actually a little music), but it's raw enough to complement the very real emotions on display. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    In the film's most audacious break with the ultra-realism of the Dogme program, Bier inserts grainy visualizations of what Cecilie wishes for at a given moment -- a caress from the paralyzed Joachim, or a wave goodbye -- directly into the action. show more

  • 89
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    The Dogme pedigree rarely distracts; there is too much emotional investment to care much about dogmatic fidelity. show more

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