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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a strange thing, this type of whimsy. Kari offers us ideas in place of characters, and yet he expects us to see through these ideas to the real-life conditions they represent - and then to respond to them in kind. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Dagur Kari both wrote and directed, so he has no one else to blame for so little originality. Neither does his hard-working cast, all of whom deserve better. show more

  • 46
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    The movie's two bright spots are Cox and Dano, who perform excellently despite the dull inevitabilities the script forces on them. show more

  • 60
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Kári relies too heavily on the fleeting rewards of situation for the film to come together as an involving story. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The movie begins to wear out its welcome even before a conclusion of breathtaking corniness. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    One of the least likable characters (Cox) in recent memory--irascible, but with moments of real tenderness--he’s the reason this strange movie takes on a perverse charm that is uniquely its own. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The actors cast themselves adrift on the sinking vessel of this story and go down with the ship. show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    As robust and clever an actor as Cox is, he can't make Jacques any less of a blowhard; Kari's wit simply doesn't come through in English, at least with this script. show more

  • 38
    Boston Globe

    Cox doesn’t so much chew the scenery as inhale it. Dano looks on in awe. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The Good Heart dilutes Cox’s gravitas with quirk. show more

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