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  • Summary: Jamie Morgan, born with a disfiguring birthmark across his face, is an outcast in rough East London. While wandering abandoned yards taking photographs, he comes across a gang of thugs and soon discovers that they are something other than human. He then is led into a Faustian deal that will see him become a party to the terrifying chaos around him. (IFC Film) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Dec 12, 2010
    75
    Unpredictability isn't this horror film's strength, but it's stylishly crafted and excellently acted, and it boasts an abundance of heart in every sense of the word.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 12, 2010
    70
    There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 12, 2010
    70
    With erratic success, Heartless tries a number of different veins-urban fairy tale with "There was no magic, it was you all along" twist, supernatural family drama-but it's on firmest footing as a macabre comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 12, 2010
    63
    A supernatural take on "Death Wish" meets "Faust," Heartless is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 12, 2010
    60
    Best appreciated for its sustained creepy vibe and sporadically arresting images, Heartless moves from one outré moment to another, from one self-conscious allusion to the next ("Donnie Darko" and "Taxi Driver"). It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Dec 12, 2010
    60
    Effective jump-shocks and a strong turn from Eddie Marsan mask an over-complicated last act.
  7. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    Dec 11, 2010
    30
    This is the art-house equivalent of a Clive Barker splatterfest, punctuated by mildly amusing stabs at Lynchian absurdity and compromised by an incoherent plot twist that would leave M. Night Shyamalan rolling his eyes.

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  1. Jul 3, 2011
    5
    Poor British horror which promises much but never develops into anything more than a mixed up gore fest who's plot has many branches but never ties up any of them into a coherent storyline leading to an experience which leaves you feeling cheated. Expand

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