Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Here, the 36-year-old filmmaker is playing around with drama and comedy. And if you're in the mood for a splash of dark drama, a bit of humor, very dry, on the rocks, with a twist, this will come close to satisfying.
  2. The Big Apple of this evanescent tone poem is an invented nocturnal landscape featuring speechifying eccentrics and absurdist moments that feel northern European in sensibility.
  3. 60
    Kári relies too heavily on the fleeting rewards of situation for the film to come together as an involving story.
  4. The Good Heart dilutes Cox’s gravitas with quirk.
  5. Odd but endearing, The Good Heart has just exactly that--a good heart--mixed with a simplistic story that comes recommended as a showcase for two fine actors at the top of their game.
  6. 50
    The movie begins to wear out its welcome even before a conclusion of breathtaking corniness.
  7. 50
    One of the least likable characters (Cox) in recent memory--irascible, but with moments of real tenderness--he’s the reason this strange movie takes on a perverse charm that is uniquely its own.
  8. 50
    Cox has some wonderfully funny moments, but both actors are playing heavily to type.
  9. As Lucas’s girlfriend April, Isild Le Besco brings a sprig of sunshine into the film’s fetid hollows.
  10. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    The movie's two bright spots are Cox and Dano, who perform excellently despite the dull inevitabilities the script forces on them.
  11. 42
    Cox’s character is a living, hissing embodiment of the idea that no good deed goes unpunished. As an actor stuck in a movie that wastes his talents, Cox can surely relate.
  12. Dagur Kari both wrote and directed, so he has no one else to blame for so little originality. Neither does his hard-working cast, all of whom deserve better.
  13. No amount of splenetic ranting by Brian Cox, a wonderful actor, when given the right role, can salvage The Good Heart from terminal mawkishness.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A picture too simplistic and sentimental for art seekers and too rough for general audiences.
  15. 38
    The actors cast themselves adrift on the sinking vessel of this story and go down with the ship.
  16. As robust and clever an actor as Cox is, he can't make Jacques any less of a blowhard; Kari's wit simply doesn't come through in English, at least with this script.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Cox doesn’t so much chew the scenery as inhale it. Dano looks on in awe.
  18. It's a strange thing, this type of whimsy. Kari offers us ideas in place of characters, and yet he expects us to see through these ideas to the real-life conditions they represent - and then to respond to them in kind.
  19. A sloppy, desultory, depressive buddy comedy the color of beer-infused pee.

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