Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. As stylish as it is suspenseful.
  2. 100
    Brilliant, brutally poignant.
  3. Unpretentiously fantastic.
  4. 100
    What has resulted is a blistering film you feel in the pit of your stomach, a jumpy, edgy piece of work that thrusts us into a personal maelstrom so tortured and intense, the emotions could be spread with a knife.
  5. Audiard's superb remake improves on the original significantly, investing it with aesthetic grandeur and emotional depth.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Audiard's take is fevered, immediate, and hopeful--a story of a man recovering his soul. The most intense and compelling sections of The Beat are almost word for word from "Fingers" (albeit translated into French), but this beat changes everything.
  7. There are remakes and there are remakes. I don't want to belabor the flaws and sexual excesses of the original; its great strength was its explosive energy. Still, this one investigates the unfulfilled potential of the first one so thoroughly, and develops it so audaciously, that it qualifies as a brilliant reinvention.
  8. It's a thriller that comes at you with gut-clutching ferocity, spewing blood and sex, shaking you up and scrambling your responses.
  9. Beautifully shot, in long, fluid takes, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is that rare thing: a remake that improves on its source.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The film confirms director Audiard as a master of visual mood, in this case one of barely expressed emotional panic.
  11. The Beat That My Heart Skipped lacks the screw-loose existential vibrance of "Fingers," yet it teases out a romantic underside to the original I never quite knew was there.
  12. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    It's a film that, by its complexity of character and mastery of tone, surpasses the original it was intended to honor.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. TimothyD.
    Jan 28, 2006
    Intense, compelling, emotionally complex, with great work by Duris, the male lead, who brings subtlety and urgency to what could have been a terminally unsympathetic character. I don't know that I could say I enjoyed much of it, but I couldn't stop watching -- in this case that is a high compliment. Full Review »