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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping portrayal of the Lonely Hearts Killers
Lonely Hearts is lifted above the average crime thriller through the excellent performances by the cast. The movie alternates between the detectives who are on the trail of the Lonely Hearts killers, played credibly by John Travolta & James Gandolfini, and the bloody spree of the killers' Martha Beck [Salma Hayek], and Fernandez [Jared Leto].

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Published on September 5, 2007 by Z Hayes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling portrayal of the Lonely Hearts killers, very graphic.....
The tone of the story and the cold bloodedness is unfolded with a lady who commits suicide. She happens to be the wife of a police detective (Elmer 'Buster' Robinson played by John Travolta).
The story then turns to 3 years later and a narrative flashback to the current events, by Charles Hildebrandt played by James Gandolfini. It traces the origins of the Lonely...
Published on December 9, 2008 by Shyam


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping portrayal of the Lonely Hearts Killers, September 5, 2007
This review is from: Lonely Hearts (DVD)
Lonely Hearts is lifted above the average crime thriller through the excellent performances by the cast. The movie alternates between the detectives who are on the trail of the Lonely Hearts killers, played credibly by John Travolta & James Gandolfini, and the bloody spree of the killers' Martha Beck [Salma Hayek], and Fernandez [Jared Leto].

The detectives are well-played with a sub-plot involving John Travolta's character grappling with the case as well as his own personal problems [having to do with his strained relationship with his son, as well as his affair with a colleague played by Laura Dern]. However, the real action and drama comes from the performances by Salma Hayek, and Jared Leto as the cold-blooded killers. Hayek's performance is especially riveting, and her Martha Beck comes across as unflinchingly evil whilst besotted with her lover.The portrayal of the killers in this movie though well-acted, is not an altogether accurate portrayal of the real-life criminals [the real Beck was obese, not a sultry temptress as embodied by Hayek].

On the whole however, this is an eminently watchable crime thriller with credible performances all-around. A worthwhile addition to the genre.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves better, September 12, 2007
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John Bowes (Oxford, MA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lonely Hearts (DVD)
This film disappeared from the theatres so quickly most people never heard of it. It deserves your attention. If only to watch Selma give you a glimpse of madness. Kinky done well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Back Into the 1940s: An Imitation Film Noir, August 3, 2007
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LONELY HEARTS tries very hard to evoke the feeling of the 1940s and the troubled police officer whose wife's suicide haunts him until he finds revenge in the investigation of a pair of lonely hearts scam artists. But what happens for the most part is a story that looks, sounds and fells like a 1940s crime movie - 3 parts celluloid transfer, 1 part story.

John Travolta and James Gandolfini play buddy homicide detectives who overcome the ennui of their job when they begin to investigate the multiple murders of 'lonely women' who fall prey to snappy con artist men.
The pair they are chasing are Ray Fernandez (Jared Leto) and his partner in crime Martha Beck (Salma Hayek), a diabolical couple who find their victims through the personal ads and then fleece then murder them victims in heinous ways. Todd Robinson wrote and directed the film based on his grandfather's experience - Elmer C. Robinson (Travolta) - and it is this bit of personal touch that makes the sluggish story work. The capable supporting cast includes such solid actors as Laura Dern and Scott Cain with fine cameos by Alice Krige and Dagmara Dominczyk, playing victims.

Hayek and Leto muster a chemistry on the screen that, while strange in type, allows the viewer to understand the motivation of the crimes. It is a solid cast and a good story: it just seems more derivative of old movies than a film with original thought. Grady Harp, August 07
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Director Honors His Grandfather, June 3, 2007
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Director Robinson remade the movie "Lonely Hearts" because Detective Elmer Robinson was his grandfather. He wanted to explore the many faceted sacrifices that the police endure witnessing a lifetime of criminal behavior and more importantly, the strain put on their families. Detective Robinson solved the Lonely Hearts murder(s) case, but with a huge price. It's a fine movie and deserved full distribution. Salma Hayak deserves an Oscar nomination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling portrayal of the Lonely Hearts killers, very graphic....., December 9, 2008
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Shyam (Chennai, India) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lonely Hearts (DVD)
The tone of the story and the cold bloodedness is unfolded with a lady who commits suicide. She happens to be the wife of a police detective (Elmer 'Buster' Robinson played by John Travolta).
The story then turns to 3 years later and a narrative flashback to the current events, by Charles Hildebrandt played by James Gandolfini. It traces the origins of the Lonely Hearts killers, Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto) and Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) and how they met and went on their murderous spree.

Its an average thriller, but falls way short of character development or to be more precise, integrity. The real Martha Beck (according to historical archives) was overweight, not pretty and quite a foul mouthed vile personality (to say the least), now you have a spanish accented bombshell played by Salma Hayek who plays that role, it somehow does not fit. That fact aside she did give an encouraging performance.
I would say the real winner in this film was Jared Leto who played Raymond's weasel like psychotic character perfectly, i thought it was a fantastic performance by him.
Overall, the film is defintiely quite disturbing, especially with the last scene and viewer discretion is STRONGLY recommended. You may feel quite uneasy watching some of the scenes. But remember although it depicts a true life incident, its still just a movie.
I wished for more of a cohesive screenplay to this movie and better casting.
3 stars
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Not Enough Eyes and Teeth Between Them", August 11, 2007
This review is from: Lonely Hearts (DVD)
The quote above is from James Gandolfini's character, who, (like John Travolta), plays a detective on the tail of two serial killers.

The movie is reminiscent of film-noir. Getting off to a slow start, with a seemingly bland story about a con-man, it builds into a character study of two serial killers.
Unfortunately, not enough time is spent on characterization of these two, as we flip back and forth between them and Travolta's story. Nonetheless, we get enough of a glimpse into the mind of the killers to make this a tense drama.

Salma Hayek was the real star of this one. And though the film has some graphic violence, and suggested violence as well, her performance alone is worth the time you'll spend watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prey For The Lonely, August 4, 2014
This review is from: Lonely Hearts (DVD)
This is a star studded cast of a remake of a previous film. Much of the story is true except the role of the murderess is played by Selma Hayek, not an obese older woman. John Travolta, plays Elmer Robinson, the lead detective based in Long Island. His partner, Charles Hilterbrandt, played by James Gandolfini. Raymond Martin Fernandz played by Jared Leto, and Scott Caan plays the smart a**** junior detective. It was directed by Todd Robinson, the grandson of the lead detective, Elmer.

Why, this escaped the theatre so soon in 2097 is a mystery to me. This is a film of the early 1950's. A couple are preying on lonely women, stealing their money, and then murdering the women, trying to make it look like suicide. They might have succeeded if not for Elmer Robinson's great intuit, and the killing if a policeman in the mid-west. This is a good detective film Travolta and Gandolfini have good chemistry. Travolta has an interesting personal story that plays into this film, well. However, it is Jared Leto and Selma Hayek who steal the film. They are riveting when they are in the screen. Well done.

Recommended. prisrob 08-04-14
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Hearts, February 9, 2014
This review is from: Lonely Hearts (DVD)
I believe I must be alone in my opinion that the attraction to this story is the interaction between Travolta and Gandolfini... they are terrific as the detectives on this case. I imagine that everyone was too busy watching the "beautiful" Ms Hayak to appreciate this.

When I praise this little known film it is only because of how well Travolta and Gandolfini complimented each other. It is really a loss if you can watch this film and not pick up on it....give this film another chance, quit looking at the dame and watch the subtle undercurrents.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this?, August 18, 2007
This review is from: Lonely Hearts (DVD)
This is a heck of a good movie. It has a great cast and has lots of really good talented actors. It is also a really compelling and intriguing story based on real events. When I was watching it I thought, "how the heck did I miss this in the theater... and how did everybody else?" This is a good movie. I am suprised that it wasn't marketed better and I am suprised that it did so poorly in the theater. I hope that people get a chance to see it on DVD cause it is a good flick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Crime Story, December 14, 2008
This review is from: Lonely Hearts (DVD)
Based on a true story, LONELY HEARTS is a powerful thriller that is even more compelling because it was written and directed by Todd Robinson, grandson of homicide cop Elmer C. Robinson, one of the key detectives responsible for bringing to justice Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, a pair of psychopathic killers who preyed on rich, lonely women during the late 1940s. Although they were only charged with three murders, it is believed that these "Lonely Hearts Killers" were responsible for 17 more.

John Travolta (as Elmer Robinson), James Gandolfini and Scott Caan play the detectives, while Jared Leto and Salma Hayek are cast as Fernandez and Beck. Also in the cast are Alice Krige and Laura Dern.

Director Robinson has done a masterful job of recreating the look and feel of the post-war 1940s. The actors all deliver cutting-edge performances. Although she looks nothing like the real, overweight Martha Beck, Hayek's sultry portrayal is absolutely frightening.

The DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment contains an above average "Making of" featurette.

© Michael B. Druxman
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