Lonely Hearts

 (533)6.41 h 47 min2007X-RayR
John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto and Laura Dern star in this crime-thriller, based on a true story. Two homicide detectives track down Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through personal ads in newspapers.
Todd Robinson
James GandolfiniJohn TravoltaSalma Hayek
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
solid movie
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Very solid, very dark, well written. My only complain is they fall into that Hollywood trope where male villains get their comeuppance but female villains do not. Hayek's Martha Beck was much more evil than Leto's Ray Martin was, and we never see her suffer for her evil. I don't want to see a villain smirking and smug beginning to end, she deserved far worse. Leto's villain cracks and breaks and you love it because he's pure scum, but Hayek's character was far worse, and the director gave her a pass.
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Cato4Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Holds your interest, but no masterpiece
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It holds your interest mainly because of the incredible magnitude of the evil. Travolta seemed very wooden to me. The actor who stood out talent-wise was Salma Hayek. She was magnificent. The cop side of the story is pretty flat. Same goes for the personal woes of Travolta's character. He just wasn't likable enough of a character to care.

So, in a way, this movie appeals like a horror movie. You sit through the boring interpersonal stuff on the cop side to find out what monstrousness Leto and Hayek's characters are capable of, and it's quite a lot.
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star80Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thought Provoking True Crime
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This movie very loosely follows the story of the Honeymoon Killers. Selma Heyak is great although the real Martha Beck could never dream of being so beautiful. The casting might be questionable but the movie’s good nonetheless. Travolta and Gandolfino as the detectives searching for a strange pair of killers.
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CameronReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A very entertaining true crime film
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As an onscreen couple, Hayek and Leto have great chemistry. As others have pointed out, though, Selma Hayek was grossly miscast. Throughout the film, Martha and Ray repeatedly run a grift where they pretend to be siblings. Selma and Jared look nothing alike.

Pretty strong performance by Travolta, and the supporting cast is amazingly talented. If you like true (Hollywood) crime movies, this is a must see.
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DoctorHardricReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing but low life Slime
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I disliked the constant portrail of sex around recently killed bodies. Sorry, just not my cup of tea. I checked out half way through this creep show.
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Dix88Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well acted but repulsive characters
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Would be 5 stars but the characters (murderers) are so repulsive.
Based on a true story about Repulsive murderers. Good period piece (late 40s-early 50s) all the actors do good work. The mood was set at noir.
But the characters played by Jared Leto & Selma Hayek are so horribly repulsive. I worked in a Detective Division in a major city's police dept as a "Gal Friday" (doing everything, including type up homicide reports, go to the scene of crimes to take notes etc.)---this is a realistic depiction of detectives' work & how these kinds of crimes affect those working to solve them.
One reviewer said the woman does not get her "comeuppance." He obviously did not watch the entire movie. I'll do spoiler below

YES Selma's character is electrocuted just as Leto's was. Both died in the electric chair for murdering a child & her mother. But they were responsible for up to 20 murders.
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VeritaReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Blah movie
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Gandolfini, a great actor, does his damnedest to liven up this movie but Travolta sucks the air out of it faster than Gandolfini can replace it. Hayek and Leto are ok, but misdirected. Some of their scenes are tasteless camp and don't really fit the tone. Laura Dern, normally a good actor, has the same problem with the scenes with Travolta. His presence is like a lead weight on every scene. I suppose he could act at some point, but it's not evident in this film. Could have been a lot better.
Dana WheatonReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Third Time's The Charm
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This is an under-appreciated film. John Travolta's quiet, haunted performance, the blistering performances by Jared Leto & Salma Hayek make this compelling. This is the 3rd film about the "Lonely Hearts Killers." It was directed by the grandson of John Travolta's character.
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