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Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 10, 2012
    80
    If the documentary lacks anything, it's a firmer grasp of Springfield's own transformation, from "kind of a dick" (per ex–MTV jock Mark Goodman) during his heyday to a giving, appreciative showman. Call it humility, shaded with weird, two-way neediness. Jesse's girl may have dodged a bullet.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    An agreeable documentary about the pop singer Rick Springfield and his legions of female fans.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 14, 2012
    50
    While she creates an affectionate portrait of the charismatic musician, helmer Sylvia Caminer is really concerned with the meaning of fandom; anyone harboring an inexplicable or arcane passion could conceivably be interested.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 12, 2012
    50
    The result is more promotional film - Springfield happens to have recently released both a new album and an autobiography - than intriguing sociology, although the rabidly intense middle-aged female fans on display are probably deserving of psychological study.
  5. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 10, 2012
    50
    An Affair of the Heart's focus is so vaguely sketched out that it ultimately could be about any grateful artist who enjoys a modicum of celebrity years after his initial success.

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