Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 12, 2010
    70
    There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Dec 11, 2010
    70
    This compelling psychological horror-thriller contains a tremendous amount of heart. That would be largely thanks to a moving and deeply sensitive lead performance by Jim Sturgess
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Dec 12, 2010
    67
    Heartless gets progressively better as it goes along, and benefits from a poignant late cameo from Timothy Spall as Sturgess' beloved father, but it never recovers from a dull first hour.
  6. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    Dec 7, 2010
    67
    Storywise, Heartless is a bit of a jumble, especially in its last third. But it's got a distinct tone, contrasting romance and even outright sentimentality with urban dread and a few nasty visuals.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Dec 12, 2010
    60
    Effective jump-shocks and a strong turn from Eddie Marsan mask an over-complicated last act.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 12, 2010
    55
    Heartless seems eternally at war with its own genre, unwilling to succumb to bloody mayhem yet neither smart nor coherent enough to transcend horror convention.
  11. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Dec 12, 2010
    40
    We know how these bargains turn out, so all we're left to do is watch pretentious exchanges about grief pile up, laugh at the way the movie exploits its Indian-girl-as-innocence-personified notion and wish that Eddie Marsan's giddy cameo as Hell's personal weapons dealer were much, much longer.
  12. 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.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 18, 2014
    7
    This is so sweet and heartbreaking. I love that it's not predictable. There's room for so much improvement but I digg it. Give it a shot and be open minded. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »