Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 26, 2011
    67
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 24, 2011
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 24, 2011
    80
    Delightful and insightful romantic comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 23, 2011
    91
    Xavier Dolan is back with another madly stylish Montreal-made delight.
  5. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Mar 10, 2011
    75
    The good news is that the movie advertises Dolan's delirious visual talent.
  6. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 7, 2011
    63
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 24, 2011
    83
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 24, 2011
    65
    There's a lot that works in Heartbeats - so much that its flaws stand out in disappointingly sharp relief.
  9. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 21, 2011
    75
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 22, 2011
    80
    Though his results are sometimes raw, Dolan seems to be chronicling heartache as he discovers it. Indulge him.
  11. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 23, 2011
    75
    In a sense, Heartbeats demonstrates that Dolan has a lot on his mind as a budding filmmaker.
  12. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 4, 2011
    80
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 22, 2011
    75
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Mar 1, 2011
    75
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Feb 21, 2011
    70
    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: Pam Grady
    Feb 26, 2011
    90
    Stylish and funny.
  17. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    Right now, his (Dolan) work is fun to watch. Before long, it may very well be mandatory for anyone who values great filmmaking.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    Feb 21, 2011
    70
    Militantly superficial and revels overmuch in its campy gay sensibility, but is sporadically fun if not taken too seriously.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 27, 2014
    9
    What adds up to great scenery, music, costumes, acting, performances and execution is a common-yet-novel love story that scratches even deeperWhat adds up to great scenery, music, costumes, acting, performances and execution is a common-yet-novel love story that scratches even deeper than most of us [public] may believe at first glances. Young and passionate, ambiguous and straightforward. Full of contrasts but pretty clear. Enjoyable, satisfactory. Full Review »
  2. Apr 13, 2015
    5
    His second feature, HEARTBEATS is not Xavier Dolan's best but as always, the film shows an energy and talent that's modern and truly capturesHis second feature, HEARTBEATS is not Xavier Dolan's best but as always, the film shows an energy and talent that's modern and truly captures the way we live now. However, this is the only one of Dolan's features that feels immature. A film about the young from the young. And Dolan is young. Only 22 when he made HEARTBEATS but still a step back after the amazing I KILLED MY MOTHER. Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2013
    6
    "Les amours imaginaires" provides a story that everyone knows. A love triangle intended as a bisexual story. Dolan is a good hipster, He"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 »