Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 23, 2011
    Xavier Dolan is back with another madly stylish Montreal-made delight.
  2. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Feb 26, 2011
    Stylish and funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 24, 2011
    Far from being a liability, Dolan's youthfulness gives it unmistakable vibrancy: This is a love-crazy, movie-crazy affair, laying bare its emotions just as plainly as its influences.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 4, 2011
    There are risky plot choices all along the way, but the risks are what keeps the pot boiling as the complexities of the relationship triangle heat up and cool down.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 24, 2011
    Delightful and insightful romantic comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 22, 2011
    Though his results are sometimes raw, Dolan seems to be chronicling heartache as he discovers it. Indulge him.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 17, 2011
    Right now, his (Dolan) work is fun to watch. Before long, it may very well be mandatory for anyone who values great filmmaking.
  8. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Mar 10, 2011
    The good news is that the movie advertises Dolan's delirious visual talent.
  9. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Mar 1, 2011
    Style over substance? Well, yes, but Dolan's a precocious talent (a decent actor, to boot), and at the advanced age of 21, has all the time in the world to deal with weightier matters. Heartbeats, meanwhile, is fluff - engaging, moody, visually snappy fluff.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 23, 2011
    In a sense, Heartbeats demonstrates that Dolan has a lot on his mind as a budding filmmaker.
  11. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 22, 2011
    Director Dolan gets the feeling of emptiness so right that anyone who has ever known the heartbreak of a crushing affair can easily identify, even with subtitles.
  12. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 21, 2011
    A light, slight, wry look at the beautiful and besotted, which gets away with not having much to say, thanks to its charm and excessive good looks.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 24, 2011
    Monologues delivered by assorted unidentified losers in love who relate their unhappy stories to an unseen listener lend Heartbeats the semblance of a structure. But beyond that, the movie is a gush of gorgeous images and music.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    Feb 21, 2011
    Militantly superficial and revels overmuch in its campy gay sensibility, but is sporadically fun if not taken too seriously.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Feb 21, 2011
    Splashy colors, oddball framing, super-cool threads and cranked-up retro music supply the picture's bizarre love triangle with a dance-club atmosphere that'll seduce young audiences of most any orientation.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 26, 2011
    It's an omnisexual variation on François Truffaut's "Jules and Jim," although stylistically, with its emphases on hipper-than-thou attitudes and moody-blues visuals, it's much closer to the early work of Jean-Luc Godard and Wong Kar-Wai.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 24, 2011
    There's a lot that works in Heartbeats - so much that its flaws stand out in disappointingly sharp relief.
  18. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 7, 2011
    There are moments of heartbreaking beauty in it – although Dolan is still a work in progress. He'll get better – he's immensely talented – but he's not quite there yet.
  19. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Feb 22, 2011
    If Dolan is able to derive a certain comic tension from the simple threat of what could happen with these three in close quarters, he and his co-actors often spoil the mystery of the unsaid with the tells on their faces.
  20. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 25, 2011
    An example of style over substance. There's lots of slo-mo and jittery hand-held camera work, and references to the French New Wave (especially François Truffaut), but little depth.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 25, 2011
    The emotions veer from bawdy to sweet and then to obvious, though the film is stylish, and Dolan's artfulness helps when the movie loses focus.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    "Les amours imaginaires" provides a story that everyone knows. A love triangle intended as a bisexual story. Dolan is a good hipster, He offers a simple story deck with vintage and elegant confection. Props is good but it's not enough. Dolan is very young still. He needs to grow and he needs to be less hipster. "Heartbeats" is mixed but this is not bad. His next film, "Laurence Anyways" is better than "Les amours imaginaires" and "J'ai tué ma mère". I think that Dolan will be bette director in future. Full Review »
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    I wanted to see this film badly back in October of last year at the Chicago International Film Festival but for whatever reason I just never got the chance to. Since that day I have been waiting for a limited release or press release of the film. Heck, even a screener would be nice. Months of anticipation and out of the blue the film shows up on netflix instant under new releases. No wide release, no press release, no limited release, no theater release in the US at all. I am just confused. Still, with all of that said this is my Netflix pick of the week!

    The story itself may start out confusing to most. The reason, well this film is foreign and the most common way for a film to open up is with itâ
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  3. Mar 8, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The newest film by Xavier Dolan "Heartbeats" (2010) is James Joyceâ Full Review »