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52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Dec 11, 2012
    50
    The movie is basically The Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Mad Man, but don't be shocked if you find yourself asking just what art he was practicing in the first place.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Dec 7, 2012
    70
    That's not to say Heleno, with its magnetic energy, sensual re-creation of 1940s and '50s Brazil and bold storytelling lacks punch; the movie is nothing if not watchable. But, by presenting more surface than depth to De Freitas' womanizing, arrogance and volatility (an implied closeness to his unseen mother is about as far as the film digs), it largely feels like an arm's length effort.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 7, 2012
    70
    Though powerfully acted and dazzlingly shot (by Walter Carvalho) in heavenly black and white, Heleno is a feverish opera that, like its doomed antihero, loses vitality much too soon.